Mama Ellen pens a riveting tell-all bio

Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sometimes known as Mama Ellen, has written a riveting tell-all book about her life from early youth to her accession to the country’s highest post.

Liberia’s President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, sometimes known as Mama Ellen, has written a riveting tell-all book about her life from early youth to her accession to the country’s highest post.

In this stirring memoir, Sirleaf tells of the years spent as the daughter of parents born into poverty and the path that took her to a career in government finance and international banking and in 2006, the presidency of Liberia.

“I wasn’t exactly catapulted into all this, you know –– I’ve paid the price and earned the stripes,’’ Sirleaf Johnson said in a media interview. "I’ve navigated in a man’s world. I took positions, and I stuck with them. I carried on with whatever I thought was the right thing to do and always made sure that my performance was equal to or better than theirs.’’

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