The Minister of Education and More
The main goals for Friday were, a) meet the Liberian Minister of Education, Dr. Ansu D. Sonii, firm up our relationship with him, and get a signed memo of understanding for future collaboration, b) give a presentation to a group of law students.
It should be noted that twenty-four hours earlier this event was not on our schedule. It came together with the help of our friend Calvin who got the word out, rounded up a group of interested students, found a location, and pulled everything together to make it happen.
The Murex is certainly one of the nicer hotels in Monrovia. The meeting room we used was on the sixth floor next to the rooftop bar/restaurant. The room we used was set up for large meetings with giant room-length tables, microphones at every seat, and four screens placed around the room all hooked up to an A/V presentation system. It was quite nice. Even better was one of the hotel staff, Habib, who helped me get everything connected and working.
We had a firm two hours to deliver. By the time we were ready to go, we had 90 minutes. By the time we were done we had received two rounds of applause from our guests — evidence of how well the TJC Team rolls!
While not part of our presentation, here you can see a photo from the early days of the Tim/Jay partnership. Jay is on the left, his twin brother Steve is on the right.
After the event, all of us ate a meal in/on the rooftop dining room/patio. As we ate, Jay got confirmation that the minister could see us now. That’s when our meals ended. We said our goodbyes and headed back to the ministry. This time there was no waiting and into his office we walked.
As he does, Tim did a masterful job of telling our story and what we hoped to achieve with our visit, all in very few words. The minister was gracious and happy to hear about our mission. He agreed to read the letter, revise as it needed, and get it back to us signed.
Author: Colin Taufer