By Erica Gerlay (Intern)
Grand Bassa Senator Nyonblee Karnga-Lawrence in her final farewell statement on Friday described the death of Montserrado County District #9 lawmaker, Munah Pehlum-Youngblood as a great loss to everyone not only to the family of deceased.
Following the end of the Lying in State ceremony held at the rotunda of the capitol building, Sen. Karnga-Lawrence wrote these words on her official social media page:
“Today I sit here very saddened by your death, I realized also how young you were and how much you have accomplished in such a short time. I experienced your enthusiasm and energy when you were just 15 years old when I hosted two Miss Liberia beauty pageants, you were not a part of those two but became a contestant two times after and you were very committed and persistent.
You explored West Africa to get involved with fashion and modeling, and I had no idea that you had a modeling agency and was promoting young girls and boys and also signing contracts to get them on billboards until we met at Cellcom, when I was the marketing consultant.
You then got into politics and became a shining star, I watched you debating issues and speaking out loudly, especially when it was time to introduce the President, I loved it! You exerted yourself beyond Liberia, connecting with influential leaders and individuals, you sat in very high places and I was amazed by your self-confidence as a very young girl who was moving so smoothly. You had what it takes to reach the sky and that was SELF CONFIDENCE! That is the magic to success.
You were humbled and respectful, even with our political differences you never called my name or title, you always said: BIG SIS! You allow me to advise you when I needed to and especially the most recent conversation in my office before your last trip. I read all of your Biblical posts and asked if you were okay and you responded: ‘I am alright my Big Sis.’ I asked every day since you passed, especially while in your home with your Mother: Aaaaaa Mehnnn why did Munah die??? the question I have been asking for the past year and a half…but again, only God….this is a great loss to every young woman who saw you as a role model, to the youth, the female politicians, your constituents, can imagine what your family is going through, the Legislature, the CDC and to Liberia.
You lived a very short but meaningful and inspiring life, your story will go on and your memory remains in our hearts much Love Munah, Wow! You took that beautiful voice with you…. Go and add to the shining stars in heaven, give my Bab a big hug because he’s one of those shining stars there.”