Joseph Boakai

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Joseph Boakai
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Vice President of Liberia
Assumed office
16 January 2006
President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf
Preceded by Wesley Momo Johnson
Personal details
Born (1944-11-30) 30 November 1944 (age 72)
Worsonga, Liberia
Political party Unity Party
Spouse(s) Katumu Yatta
Alma mater University of Liberia
Kansas State University,

Joseph Nyumah Boakai (born 30 November 1944) is a Liberian politician who has been Vice President of Liberia since January 2006, serving under President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf. Previously he was Minister of Agriculture from 1983 to 1985.

Personal life[edit]

Joseph Boakai was born on 30 November 1944 in Worsonga, Foya District, Lofa County[1] to illiterate parents.[2] He is married to Kartumu Boakai and they have four children.[1] Boakai is a religious Baptist and a Deacon of the Effort Baptist Church.


Boakai attended primary and high school in Sierra Leone and Liberia before graduating from the College of West Africa, the University of Liberia in 1972 with a bachelor's degree in business administration, and then Kansas State University, which he attended on a USAID grant, graduating in 1976.[2]

Political career[edit]

Boakai went on to jobs in both the public and private sector. He worked for the Liberia Produce Marketing Corporation in the 1970s. From 1983 to 1985, he served as Minister of Agriculture under President Samuel Doe.[2] While Minister of Agriculture, Boakai chaired the 15 nation West African Rice Development Association. He later worked as a consultant to the World Bank in Washington and also founded a firm dealing in agricultural equipment and consultancy. He has served as board chairman of the Liberia Wood Management Corporation and of the Liberia Petroleum Refining Company.[1][2] He recently announced his intention to run for the Liberian presidency which is scheduled for October 10 2017.


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  2. ^ a b c d "Liberia Vice President Boakai". Frontlines - Inside Development. United States Agency for International Development. April 2006. Retrieved 13 October 2006. 
Political offices
Preceded by
Wesley Momo Johnson
Vice President of Liberia