From football to politics, George Oppong Weah’s contributions to African culture and history have been unquestionably colossal. Born on the 1st of October 1966 in Liberia, a young George Weah grew up in one of the most impoverished districts in Monrovia and spent a lot of his time playing football on desolate pitches. Few would have predicted that the young West African would eventually become a club legend for the likes of AS Monaco, AC Milan and Paris Saint Germain, but that’s exactly what he did.
Weah’s exceptional technical ability, in addition to his natural athleticism made him a formidable striker, his attributes were typified in his infamous solo goal for AC Milan in 1996 in which he dribbled through an entire Verona team before casually slotting it past their goalkeeper. Legendary forward Thierry Henry once spoke of how the likes of Weah “changed the game for the number nine” and described him as his “idol”.
In 1995, Weah reached the pinnacle of his career when he was named African Player of the Year, European Player of the Year, and World Player of the year in the same season – to this day an unparalleled accomplishment.
Affectionately known by his fellow countrymen and countrywomen as ‘King George’, Mr Weah called time on his illustrious football career in 2002, the following year he transitioned into the world of politics and returned to Liberia to become a good will ambassador for the United Nations. On January 22nd, 2018, Mr Weah was inaugurated as president of Liberia, the beginning of the most recent chapter in an already incredible story. At the age of 51, George Weah is already not only a national hero but an African hero, and with his new political position we hope he isn’t finished yet and that he will continue to embody black excellence. All hail King George!
Written by Mr Lyham Douglas