Liberia: Ellen Johnson Sirleaf starts new chapter by joining @Twitter on 80th Birthday

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Ellen Johnson Sirleaf Joins Twitter at 80!

The Former President Joins Twitter Just Days Before Her 80th Birthday 

Africa’s first elected female head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, joins Twitter. The move coincides with the former president’s 80th birthday, and highlights the relevance of a digital presence no matter one’s age.

EllenJohnsonSirleaf-twitter-official-account“I’m looking forward to connecting with my friends and followers on a more personal level” said Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, affectionately known as “Ma Ellen”.  “There’s so much to share and learn on Twitter, and I’m excited to contribute to the ongoing conversation.” Tweeters can follow Ma Ellen at @MaEllenSirleaf.

Twitter is a global platform that supports roughly 330 million diverse users. This decision will allow Ma Ellen’s audience the chance to engage more directly with her moving forward. She will join the less than six percent of users over the age of 65 globally, but on the African continent she just might be the first octogenarian on Twitter. 

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About Ellen Johnson Sirleaf 

Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, née Ellen Johnson, (born October 29, 1938, Monrovia, Liberia), is a Liberian politician and economist who was president of Liberia from 2006 to 2018. The Harvard alumnae was the first woman to be elected head of state of an African country. Johnson Sirleaf was one of three recipients of the 2011 Nobel Prize for Peace for contributions to women’s rights.

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