Anyaa Vohiri, CEO of Liberia’s Environmental Protection Agency receives the award on behalf of the AgencyMadam Anyaa Vohiri, CEO of Liberia’s Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) was overwhelmed when organizers of ‘Liberian CEO, Business and Leadership Awards’ called her on stage twice to receive two separate awards — one for the EPA and another for herself.Madam Vohiri had gone to the award ceremony held recently at the Monrovia City Hall with no idea that she and the EPA would be honored with two separate awards, a release from the agency has said.But, to her utmost surprise, the EPA was rewarded with Liberia’s ‘Best Regulatory Agency of the Year’ Award for her stance over the National Oil Company of Liberia (NOCAL) and Liberia Telecommunication Authority (LTA), while she was provided Liberia most prestigious corporate award.According to the release, Madam Vohiri was also awarded the ‘Outstanding Public Leadership Award’ for her contributions to the progress the country has made over the years.The award, according to the organizers, demonstrates Madam Vohiri’s efficient leadership ability at the Environmental Protection Agency.Peter SaSellu, chairman of the organizing committee of the Liberian CEO, Business and Leadership Awards, said that the award bestowed on the EPA executive director, was established to recognize and celebrate exceptional leadership in Liberia.SaSellu told an audience of leading corporate executives, managers and professionals from major companies, banks and investment firms that Madam Vohiri selection for the award was based on her hard work, innovation and excellence leadership ability.“As a private sector-driven initiative, we have selected and honored Madam Vohiri, who has exemplified leadership excellence, hard work, innovation and commitment,” Mr. SaSellu said.Shortly after she received the awards, Madam Vohiri, who danced to the stage, expressed surprise for the honors.She requested EPA staff at that ceremony to join her to celebrate the awards, who she later dedicated the awards to, adding that without them, EPA could not have reached thus far.Madam Vohiri said protecting the environment is every one’s business and explained that “the dear Lord left us with the Garden of Eden and told us to take care of it.”“I see Liberia as God’s little Acre, the piece of the garden he set aside especially for us so my passion is to help to take care of it,” the EPA Executive Director said.Madam Vohiri thanked employees of the EPA for believing in her and buying into her vision and commitment.She lauded President Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf for giving her the opportunity to contribute to her legacy.Madam Vohiri also thanked EPA Board Chair, Minister Boima Kamara, for listening to her in appreciating the value of the environment in sustainable development mix.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
“He wasn’t that visible on marquees in huge hits for a while. Then suddenly, every time you turn around, it’s `Wow, what a surprise. Eddie is great,”‘ said DreamWorks spokesman Marvin Levy. The year’s biggest opening so far, “Norbit” still was not able to lift Hollywood out of a box-office funk in which revenues have fallen for six straight weekends. The top 12 movies took in $91.3 million, down 10.5 percent from the same weekend in 2006, when “The Pink Panther” and “Final Destination 3” both debuted in the $20 million range. “Norbit,” the 14th No. 1 opening for Murphy, came in well above the expectations of distributor Paramount, which had projected that the movie might pull in about $25 million over the opening weekend. The movie was trashed by critics, but the lure of Murphy again handling multiple roles, as he did in “Coming to America” and “The Nutty Professor” flicks, proved irresistible for audiences. Murphy plays mild-mannered Norbit, his grossly overweight and overbearing wife and a Chinese orphanage owner who raised him. “Dreamgirls,” a Paramount-DreamWorks release, also remained in the top 10 with $3.1 million, lifting its total to $97.1 million. Murphy also has another sure hit coming in May with DreamWorks’ animated sequel “Shrek the Third.” 160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! Movie fans were eager to get three Eddie Murphys for the price of one. Murphy’s comedy “Norbit,” in which he plays three wildly different roles, opened as the top weekend movie with $33.7 million, according to studio estimates Sunday. “Norbit,” a DreamWorks production, easily beat the debut of the MGM-Weinstein Co. thriller “Hannibal Rising,” a prequel about “The Silence of the Lambs” serial killer Hannibal Lecter that came in at No. 2 with $13.35 million. Murphy had not had a starring role in a movie since 2003’s “The Haunted Mansion,” but “Norbit” benefited from the huge acclaim and publicity he has received for “Dreamgirls,” for which he is expected to win the supporting-actor Academy Award.