In a tribute delivered on his and former MFDP Minister Amara Konneh’s behalf at funeral service held at the S.T Nagbe United Methodist Church in Monrovia, Kollie reflects the brilliance of a trusted partner and loyal friend.
“I got to know this young man in 2013, and since then we have spent more hours together than most people I have known for decades, because not only was Lawrence a trusted and loyal friend, he was more of an asset that anyone would love to have for which I am extremely blessed to count myself a friend of Lawrence”.
Kollie narrated that upon hearing the news of his passing he was restless and confused. “Togar was a true dear and loyal friend to Amara and me, a badge I wear with the utmost honor and unapologetically as the young man was one of a kind”.
He furthered that Liberia and the media have lost an outstanding and exemplary young man, “as everyone respected the quality of his thoughts and the brilliance of his mind and presentation”.
Lawrence, Kollie intoned, was a kid with mature perspective and that was why he sat at the adults’ table. “It was the beauty and the quality of his mind that attracted us to him and in him we found a kindred spirit and a true friendship,” Kollie said.
“His thoughts and perspectives was magnetizing such that anyone who interacted with him would be trilled, amazed and attracted. Lawrence was unique in his skill sector and was sophisticated in his thought process and has an unparallel innovative ability with an amazingly superb energy and capacity to execute.
“He and I got especially close because he completed my thoughts and developed it even further and it pains my heart and breaks my spirit that he is no more as there is a lot we agreed to do together,” Kollie added.
For his part, President Press Union of Liberia (PUL), Abdullai Kamara, recollects the exceptional leadership ability of the deceased noting he played a crucial leadership role in developing media practitioners at the Liberia Media Center and was focused on finding the best brains to help him work.
“His work will shine very brightly in Liberia and the media sector. When a lot more journalists are daring and determined to go to the bottom of issues it is because of the leadership he provided. When more journalists are determined that they will not be shut up regardless of how differently they think of others then we know that he worked very hard”, Kamara maintained.
Randall, a committed and results driven development practitioner seeking to contribute to policy and research enterprises particularly in Africa and Liberia, gracefully solicited a scholarship through the Ministry of Finance and Development Planning (MFDP), which was granted in 2015, thus affording him the opportunity to study at Georgetown University, in Washington, DC, USA where he pursued a Master Degree in Policy Management.
His coursework included Monitoring and Evaluation; International Trade Policy and Negotiation; as well as Private Public Partnership. He was in the process of completing his final set of courses when he suddenly fell ill in March 2016 and did not recover until his untimely demise.