The European Federation of Liberian Associations, EFLA, has announced a series of activities scheduled for Friday, July 30th, Saturday, July 31st, and Sunday, August 1st, to commemorate Liberia's Independence Day and its Annual General Assembly (AGA) in Antwerp, Belgium.
The decision to host these events was made during an emergency meeting held on Wednesday, July 7th, via the online platform Skype, by members of the EFLA Executive Leadership. Mr. Francis Mensah, EFLA's Secretary-General, stated that "extensive discussions were held, taking into account the COVID-19 pandemic, before reaching unanimous decisions." He added, "With most COVID-19 restrictions relaxed across Europe and the emergence of vaccines, the majority of leaders were eager to host such an event to bring Liberians together once again for celebration after such a challenging period worldwide."
During the meeting, it was decided that the United Liberians Association of Belgium (ULAB) would host this year's events. Mr. Kingston Wreh, President of ULAB, announced the planned activities during a subsequent meeting on Sunday, July 18th. He revealed that the events would unfold as follows:
Day 1 - Friday, July 30th: The AGA will be held at Turnhoustsebaan 329, Bus 9, 2140 Antwerp, Belgium. Following this, a mingling & welcoming event will take place at the Black Sugar Night Club in Antwerp.
Day 2 - Saturday, July 31st: The EFLA PARK PARTY (Grand Cookout/BBQ) will be hosted at Park Noord Vladuct Dam 25, 2060 Antwerp, Belgium.
Day 3 - Sunday, August 1st: A farewell event will be organized at the same Park Noord for attendees to bid goodbye before departing for their respective destinations.
Mr. Mayango Clarance Arku, President of EFLA, has called on all Liberians across Europe to attend and participate in the occasion. He believes that this festivity will help alleviate the stress and sadness caused by the COVID-19 pandemic among many Liberians in Europe. Mr. Arku emphasized, "These events have the potential to connect and unite people, so I urge Liberians across Europe to join in this grand occasion because unity is essential to propel our communities and country, Liberia, forward."
The Liberian Swedish Association (LSA), one of EFLA's founding members, will be fully represented at the events. Mr. David Ford, President of LSA, along with prominent members of the LSA community, will attend the AGA and celebrate with fellow Liberians in Antwerp, Belgium.