10 Things You Didn’t Know About Ellen Johnson Sirleaf

Written by Keren Mikva

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, the president of Liberia, is the first elected female head of state in Africa, and the first elected black female president in the world. But beyond her groundbreaking election, Sirleaf has made enormous strides during her presidency, becoming perhaps the most popular and successful leader in Liberia’s history. She was co-awarded the Nobel Peace Prize along with two other women in 2011 for her commitment to nonviolence and the peace-building process. Much of her life is common knowledge. Here are 10 things you didn’t know about Ellen Johnson Sirleaf.

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