Struck with shock and stormed by grief, I became gravely entranced by the silence when I saw how Chairman Mao was locked in Monrovia as thousands of mourners mourned his passing in disbelief. Sooner than expected, Mao died from an unexplained “illness”.
His sudden surrender not only sparked a skeptical scene, but it also rocked a new generation of emerging academics in Liberia. This unbridled fear is too heavy a burden to bear. The intelligentsia class has lost yet another gifted gem.
Vallai M. Dorley aka Chairman Mao was indeed a gentle soul and a valiant soldier. Although saddened by his loss, his never-ending drive or enthusiasm for higher knowledge has inspired a whole new generation. And it is in this exceptional heritage that we must seek real comfort.
Yes, Mao is dead but his passion for academic excellence is still alive. He was a humble man. His sense of humanity and camaraderie lectured his character upon his departure. Even though her life was short, but it was well lived.
Mao’s future was too bright to have been swallowed up in no time. His ambition collapsed as he lay lifeless in a wooden coffin. The trade economist and public policy specialist has left a hole of woes behind him. Her loss is too unbearable and she left a tearful nation in Wonderland.
Dead, you bit us so hard again. Your bite is too nasty, and his spleen often causes terrible memories. Why must he be a former student of:
- Peking University – Public Policy and International Economics
- KDI School of Public Policy – International Development and WTO Law
- Georgia State University – Public Management and Leadership
- University of Pretoria – Economics and Governance
- Mandela Washington Fellowship – Leadership
- AMEU University – Economics
We have not only lost a being, but we have also lost a brain. The cemetery has seized another human resource. Terrified of this enormous loss, we must now take comfort in living Mao’s legacy of seeking higher knowledge at all times. Beyond this legacy, let us not forget that true comfort comes from a renewed strength in God.
As I pay a final tribute to a comrade in arms, I would be naïve to think that Mao’s unexplained “illness (heavy bleeding)”, which led to his sudden surrender, is a causation of utopian rather than unenlightened forces. . enemies who may have been shaken by its avalanche of academic feats and expertise.
A highly accredited Mao is no longer, but even during these very difficult times of mourning, we stand firmer in our collective quest for a merit-based Liberia that embraces excellence and fair competition.
Mao is now history. We cannot continue to mourn for his life, but we can and should stand up for his legacy instead. As I sit here in an exiled public library to write these few words in honor of Chairman Mao, I am comforted by the words of Mary Ann Evans when she said: “Our dead never died for us.” , until we forgot them. . ”
Go and rest Mao. Your boots are up. Your badges are also in place. But your impact remains a testament to your efforts and honest struggles. You have well deserved your stripes. You inspired humanity during your short stay. You have left an indelible mark on your service to the country. Your stay on earth will be forever remembered, admired and cherished.
Your favorite quote, “One day, one day” has now been taken up or rephrased to “Last day, last day”. It must be a neglect of your hope and your aspiration. But one day, one day, your unenlightened enemies will also succumb, for death is an inescapable misfortune of mankind.
“Sit tibi iter ad martyrium luceat in aeternum” which means in English from Latin “May your way to martyrdom shine forever”.
Rest well, fellow scholar, for you have lived a life of humility and service.