Patrice Juah is a Mandela Washington Fellow of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI), Writer, Poet, Entrepreneur, Broadcaster, Communications Strategist, Girls’ Education Advocate, Global Speaker and former Miss Liberia, dedicated to changing Liberia’s image within the international community. She strives to motivate and empower young women by supporting several local non-profit organizations’ efforts in educating women on topics such as HIV/AIDs, teenage pregnancy, education, and workforce development. She is also the Founder and Creative Director of Moie, a diversified social enterprise with core competencies in media, public relations, events planning and retail management services.
As a Writer, she’s currently the Girls’ Empowerment Columnist for Vital Woman Magazine UK and blogs for Tropics Magazine’s Tropics Voices Platform. Her writings have also featured on PBS NewsHour, African Feminist Forum, Liberian Observer, Conversations on Liberia and the Sea Breeze Journal of Contemporary Liberian Writings. In 2013, she was invited by UNFPA to present her poem, “Fistula, I Have Conquered You”, written to honor the survivors of Fistula at the 1st International Day to End Obstetric Fistula. Patrice is the founder and chairperson of the Miss Education Africa Pageant, Africa’s first Pan-African education pageant, which promotes and advocates for girls’ education on the continent. She’s also the founder and editor of “Sexy Like A Book”, an academic initiative designed to inspire young women and girls to improve their perspective on reading, literacy and education. She’s a regular contributor to the United Nations Mission in Liberia (UNMIL) radio show, ‘Girl Power’ that promotes self-esteem, confidence, and the importance of leadership in local communities.
Ms. Juah founded the Martha Juah Educational Foundation, named in honor of her mother, a retired primary school teacher of 47 years, to advocate for scholarships for young girls in rural Liberia. Patrice holds a bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications and Political Science, an advanced certificate in Fashion Design, and a Certificate in Business & Entrepreneurship. She was invited by former U.S First Lady, Michelle Obama, in July 2014, for a roundtable discussion on Girls’ Education in Africa, and served as an advisory committee member for the 2015 African Creative Economy Conference, held in Yaoundé, Cameroon.
During the West African Ebola outbreak, she launched the “Ebola Is Not My Identity” campaign along with other artists to combat the problem of stigmatization. The goal of the campaign was to showcase creative works of art that reflected hope for Liberia on her path to recovery, other than the images of despair shown on the news wires at the time. In 2015, she was featured in Amina Magazine, as one of the new female faces of the African Creative Economy, and was also spotlighted by Brand Woman Africa in the same year as one of the women whose efforts are positively changing Africa one community at a time. This young, driven and vivacious woman believes that for Africa to succeed, Africans must make education a powerful driver and the strongest instrument in the reduction of poverty, improving health, gender equality, peace, and stability. She’s a member of UN Women’s Civil Society Advisory Group on Liberia, sits on the board of the Liberia Literary Society, and recently served as keynote speaker at the 2016 Global Entrepreneurship Week in Geneva, Switzerland, as a guest of the U.S government. She describes herself as a “gem of unimaginable proportions”.
Awards / Recognitions / Accolades
- Keynote Speaker – Global Entrepreneurship Week – Geneva, Switzerland (2016)
- UN Women’s Civil Society Advisory Group Member – UN Women
- 2016 Emerging Woman of Substance, Style and Spirit – Women of Style Spirit & Substance Awards – Liberia
- National Keynote Speaker – International Day of the Girl Child (2015) – Ministry of Gender and Children’s Protection – Liberia
- Advisory Committee Member – African Creative Economy Conference –Yaoundé, Cameroon
- One of the “New Female Faces of Africa’s Creative Economy” (AMINA Magazine, January 2015)
- 2014 Mandela Washington Fellow – Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders – U.S Department of State
- Participant, First Lady Michelle Obama’s Girls Education in Africa Conversation – Washington D.C (2014)
- Featured Poet, Women of Style Spirit & Substance Awards (2014) – Women of Substance, Style & Spirit Awards – Liberia
- Featured Poet, 1st International Day To End Obstetric Fistula, hosted by UNFPA and the Government of Liberia. (2013)
- Nominated to represent Liberia at the Africa Fashion Reception in Paris (June 2013).
- Amongst Liberian Women Under 50 Who Inspire (2013) – Cachelle International
- PDS Image Campaign’s Woman of The Month (August 2013) – The Power to Do Something Organization (USA)
- Women Change Africa’s BossChique of The Month (August 2013)
- Miss Liberia 2006/2007
- Top Ten Talent, Miss World 2006 –Warsaw, Poland
- Winner National Poetry Competition (2001) – Liberia Association of Writers