Women's Leadership
Women’s Leadership in Post-Conflict Liberia: My Journey
Author: Olubanke King-Akerele
Publish: 2012
Publisher: DigiBooks Ghana Ltd
Format: hardcover
ISBN: 9789988146337
Pages: 246

The realities of trying to institutionalize reform in Liberia after 14 years of civil war comes alive in this book, particularly given the capacity constraints the author had to work with – what she describes as the “no money syndrome” coupled with the human and institutional capacity challenges she faced after a prolonged absence of almost 25 years working and living in the Diaspora.

Women’s Leadership in Post Conflict Liberia: My Journey traces former Liberian Minister of Foreign Affairs Olubanke King-Akerele’s professional journey from her service as a young technocrat in the late 1960s through her 24 years of international service, with special attention paid to her public service from 2006-2010. She shares both self-reflection and lessons learned, addressing both the challenges faced during the post-conflict reconstruction of Liberia as well as providing outlined responses to those challenges.

This book is a must-read for all women (and men) who need guidance and mentoring on the challenges, consequences, and sacrifices required to stand up for one’s convictions.

Author Details:

Olubanke King Akerele (born May 11, 1946) is a Liberian politician and diplomat who served as the Minister of Foreign Affairs in the cabinet of Ellen Johnson Sirleaf from October 2007 until her resignation on November 3, 2010. She is the granddaughter of Liberia's 17th president, Charles D. B. King.

Akerele studied at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria and graduated from Brandeis University in Massachusetts, United States with a B.A. in economics. She earned her first M.A. from Northeastern University in manpower economics, then a second M.A. from Columbia University in the economics of education. Akerele also completed her first year at the University of Liberia Louis Arthur Grimes School of Law. She later served for over 20 years at the United Nations.