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Liberian girl sings for COVID-19 awareness

by Onize Ohikere
Posted 5/06/20, 11:32 am

A 9-year-old Liberian girl has made it to the local airwaves and won praise from health officials for her song about the coronavirus pandemic. Joselia Kollie’s tune urges people to protect themselves and stop public gatherings, with a chorus reminding listeners that “prevention is better than cure.”

What prompted the song? Joselia, whose mother is a popular gospel singer, began singing at age 3. She told her mother she wanted to release a song about fighting the pandemic. “God called her to certain things, and she wants to fulfill her destiny,” said her mother, Amanda Kollie.

Dig deeper: Listen to Joselia’s song and read my report in World Tour on how several conflict-ridden African nations braced for the effects of COVID-19.

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Onize Ohikere

Onize is WORLD's Africa reporter. She is a World Journalism Institute graduate and earned a journalism degree from Minnesota State University-Moorhead. Onize resides in Abuja, Nigeria. Follow her on Twitter @onize_ohiks.

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  • OldMike
    Posted: Wed, 05/06/2020 03:12 pm

    What a bright, cheery, clear voice! Very nice, Joselia!  

    My old ears are not so great anymore. But I thought I picked up a phrase in English once, and I also wondered if Joselia sang part of the song in French. Or was that just my imagination?  

  • Booklady
    Posted: Thu, 05/07/2020 09:13 am

    Thank you for sharing this with us.