MONROVIA, Liberia — A Jamaican has become the first lady of Liberia following the election of her husband as the new president of this West African nation.
Clar Weah’s husband, George Weah, a former FIFA World Player of the Year, won the presidency in the Liberian electoral run-off on December 26.
Clar, who was born in Jamaica to Jamaican parents, migrated to Fort Lauderdale in Miami where she had been running a Caribbean restaurant and grocery store.
According to reports, the couple met in a bank in the United States where Clar worked as a customer service officer.
One of the tiny West African country’s most illustrious sons, Weah shot to global prominence plying his trade with some of Europe’s biggest football clubs.
An energetic and skilful striker during his playing days, Weah won the coveted FIFA World Player of the Year and Ballon d’Or in 1995 – the first and only African to achieve such feat to date, according to the Punch newspaper.
“That achievement, not only engraved Weah’s name in the sports hall of fame but made him more prominent across the world,” the Punch newspaper said.
He became actively involved in politics shortly after retiring from professional football in 2003,