International football legend George Weah is expected to be sworn in as Liberia’s president at a packed stadium in the capital, Monrovia, today.
People have been camping overnight at the Samuel Doe Stadium to witness the historic inauguration, following Weah’s victory in a presidential election run-off in December.
Unsurprisingly, this is a celebrity football studded affair. Chelsea legend Didier Drogba, along with Cameroon’s Samuel Eto’o and Nigeria’s Sunday Oliseh and Taribo West are witnessing the ceremony.
He replaces Africa’s first elected female head of state, Ellen Johnson Sirleaf, who is stepping down after two terms, in the first democratic transfer of power in the West African state in more than 70 years.