Profession: Writer, Poet, Entrepreneur, Broadcaster, Girls’ Education Advocate, Communications Professional, Activist, and former Miss Liberia. Education: A Bachelor’s degree in Mass Communications, an advanced certificate in Fashion Design, and a certificate in Business & Entrepreneurship. She is a Mandela Washington Fellow of President Obama’s Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI)
Patrice is 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 Managing Director of Moie, an ethnic brand promoting Liberia’s textile industry and creative sector, while empowering rural weavers and artisans.
Her writings have 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 Chairperson and Founder of the Miss Education Awareness Pageant, Africa’s first Pan-African education pageant, which promotes and advocates for girls’ education on the continent. She’s also the founder 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.
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 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”.
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