Joseph Nyumah Boakai, Sr. was born on 30 November 1944 in Worsonga, Lofa County, Liberia, and is best known as a Liberian politician who served as the vice president for Ellen Johnson Sirleaf from 2006, and was a 2017 presidential candidate.
So just how rich is Joseph Boakai as of late 2017? Unfortunately, Boakai’s net worth isn’t available at this moment. However, we know that his net worth is accumulated from his over three decades-long career in politics.
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Coming from a poverty stricken background, Joseph was a student of primary and high school in Sierra Leone; during high school, he had to work as a janitor in order to pay for his education.
Having finished with his high school education, Boakai attended the College of West Africa, the University of Liberia, and graduated with a degree in business administration in 1972. He then attended Kansas State University on a USAID program and graduated in 1976.
Boakai became a member of the Unity party, and prior to becoming the vice president of Liberia, served on several other political positions. First of all he was the Resident Manager of the Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation from 1973 until 1980, after which he was the Managing Director of the Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation until 1982. His success was rapidly growing when he became the Minister of Agriculture, remaining in that position until 1985 under president Samuel Doe, responsible for forming the national agricultural policy and monitoring activities and boards of several agricultural projects. During 1986, he reviewed and evaluated Green Revolution, Agricultural sector and AMSCO. At the same time he had another important job, being the chairman of West African Rice Development Association, and moreover, Joseph was a consultant to the World Bank in Washington.
In addition, Joseph was later the chairman of two other organizations – Liberia Wood Management Corporation and Liberia Petroleum Refining Company. Boakai was subsequently elected as the vice president of Liberia alongside Ellen Johnson Sirleaf’s election for president in 2006, taking over the country after many years of civil war. The duo stated that their priority was to restore law and order in Liberia, set a better course and future for their country, and encourage investors to start their projects there. As of mid-2017, Boakai announced that he was running for president, and on July 10 he named Emmanuel Nuquay his running mate. The presidential election is scheduled for 10 October 2017. Boakai has proven that he works solely for the well being of his country, and due to that is the only presidential candidate who is considered uncorrupt.
In his personal life, he has been married to Kartumu Boakai since 1972, and the couple has three sons and one daughter. Boakai is a Christian and serves as a Deacon of the Effort Baptist Church. His life was depicted in ‘’From Foya to the Capitol’’, a biography book written by Dr. Sakui Malakpa in a lively narrative launched in late July 2017.
|Date Of Birth||November 30, 1944|
|Place Of Birth||Worsonga, Lofa County, Liberia|
|Profession||Former Vice President of Liberia|
|Education||Kansas State University, University of Liberia, College of West Africa|
|Spouse||Katumu Yatta Boakai (m. 1972), Yatta Boakai|
|Children||3 sons, 1 daughter|