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|Emulate Her Good Example: Journalist Veronica K. Kpan Is Laid to Rest||| Print ||
|Written by Mae Azangofirstname.lastname@example.org|
|Tuesday, 31 July 2012 00:07|
Monrovia - One of Liberia’s most outstanding female journalists, Veronica K. Kpan, a former Star Radio employee and famous Producer and presenter of the Show “Ask the Expert”, who died July 10, 2012, was laid to rest on Friday July 27th in Johnsonville.
The funeral was well attended mostly by friends, family and journalists, who came from Female Journalists of Liberia (FeJAL), a group which the late Kpan affiliated with.
There was weeping everywhere from family members to friends. A member of FeJAL, Lisa Dahn fainted and was carried outdoors by her colleagues during the ceremony.
The funeral service was held at the St. Anthony’s Parish in Gardnerville and brought together many journalists from various media houses paying their last respect to a fallen colleague.
The Priest of the church Father Francis Johnson during his eulogy told Journalists attending the funeral continue the good work started by their colleague.
“The late Veronica is telling you to remain truthful in spreading the news of peace and not of war, because you have the power to build and tear down with your pens,” he says.
“Your pens represent a sword and if you prepared it to fight, it would fight but if you teach it to bring peace, there would be lasting peace for mankind. She is telling you that this profession is a noble profession, so you should treat it as such and don’t write fabricated headlines to bring disunity among the citizens.”
Press Union of Liberia President Peter Quaqua paid tribute to the deceased, extending his condolences and said the Union would get back to the family with a purse as a contribution to the education of the late Kpan’s children.
Women Democracy Radio head Ms. Estella Nelson, promised to help facilitate the education of the deceased youngest son.
Mildred Kpan, sister of the late Kpan said her sister was her Angel and role model to whom she always looked to for guidance, reading with tears rolling down her cheeks.
Veronica Kpan was born march 30, 1970 in Plebo Maryland County unto the union of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Kpan who hail from Grand Kru County.
When her parents moved to Monrovia in 1974, the late Vero started her primary education at the Samuel K. Doe institute in New Kru Town 1980.
She later attended the St. Michael Catholic School in Barnesville where she completed the ninth grade. She later enrolled at the Monrovia College on Camp Johnson Road in Monrovia, where she graduated 1997, and was a junior student in the Mass Communication Department at the University of Liberia.
Due to her passion of journalism, her friends persuaded her to be a journalist. She started her career at the News Newspaper as a cub-reporter in 1998 under the leadership of Mr. Rufus Darpo and Mr. Joseph Ted.
Later Mr. Ted called her to Star Radio as a reporter. In 2000, upon the closure of Star Radio, she made her way to Radio Veritas as newscaster and a continuity announcer until the war between LURD Rebels and the Government of Liberia in 2003.
After calm had returned to Monrovia, Veronica joined the Analysts Newspaper as a reporter until 2005 when Star Radio reopened.
She went back to Star Radio and later rose to the position of producer and presenter. She presented a famous talk show, ‘Ask the Expert’.
She remained at Star Radio until 2009 when Mr. Lloyd, Station manager of the Voice of Fire Stone Radio called her to beef up the station’s staff.
She was reluctant to leave Star Radio because of the strong relationship she had built over the years, but she soon adjusted herself at the Fire Stone Radio Station and befriended her new work mates there as she did at Star Radio.
Veronica went for journalism training at the Massachusetts University in the United States. She received many certificates from international Organizations and was trained by top Journalists such as Rufus Darpo and Robin White of the BBC.
She was a member of the Female Journalists of Liberia ((FeJAL) where she was affectionately referred to by all as ‘Sista’. The late Kpan is survived by her two sons Diamond, 20 and Preston 11, five Brothers three sisters, her parents and host of relatives and friends.