This Spring Break, Liberian pastor Lawrence E Kennedy of Bethel Outreach Ministries in Norcross, Georgia planned a trip to the Liberian Consulate Office with a group of Liberian youths. Spring Break often involves trips to the beach or vacations to places where large bodies of cool water are present, but Pastor Kennedy had a different idea. He organized a small group of Liberian children and a Liberian teacher to take a tour of the Liberian Consulate in Georgia. Cynthia Lynn Blandford, Honorary Consul General led the tour answering questions and delving out interesting facts about Liberia and its leaders.
“What does that key open,” one student asked while pointing to the large golden key sitting in a velvet box in the office corridor.
“It’s the key to the City of Savannah,” Honorary Consul General Cynthia Lynn Blandford answered as she explained how the key is a welcoming symbol that does not open any physical doors.
The key, which offers the Liberian government access to the Mayor and wonderful people of the beautiful city of Savannah, was presented to the Liberian Ambassador and the Honorary Consul on February 26, 2016, during a visit to Savannah, Georgia at the invitation of Senator Lester Jackson.
The Honorary Consul General showcased pictures of Liberia’s leaders and other artifacts in the office. As the group weaved through the space asking questions and receiving answers, they made their way back to the entrance where they posed for several pictures.
The Liberian consulate office is opened Tuesdays and Thursdays by appointment only for visa and consular services.
2BKaribbean editor and vlogger Marissa Williams published her interview with Cynthia Lynn Blandford, Honorary Consul General of Liberia in Georgia, on April 6. The interview focuses on the Organization of African and Caribbean Consular Corps of Georgia. This organization unites the fourteen (14) African and Caribbean consulates in Georgia around a singular mission of representing their respective countries on matters of trade, travel, and tourism.
Watch the video below and click here to read what else the Honorary Consul General had to say about young people, women, and the African-Caribbean connection.
Savannah, Georgia and Monrovia, Liberia have an almost 300 year history. Hence, Liberian Ambassador Jeremiah C. Sulunteh’s February visit to the Savannah Port, was natural. Savannah’s relationship with Liberia dates back to the 1800s when African-American settlers sailed from its shores to Liberia’s early colonies. That relationship continues today with a Sister Port Agreement that Honorary Consul General Cynthia Blandford arranged. The Agreement, which focuses on training, capacity building, economic development, trade, data sharing, and marketing was signed into action on September 18, 2015 – five months before the ambassador’s visit.
While in Savannah, Ambassador Sulunteh and Honorary Consul General Cynthia Blandford visited Savannah State University – a member institution of the University Consortium for Liberia (UCL). At Savannah State, volunteers organized 1,000 boxes filled with books, school supplies and Pet Carts to assist the disabled in mobility. The boxes were to be shipped to the University of Liberia and AME University. Both the Liberian Consulate Office in Georgia and the Embassy of Liberia in DC support UCL and its mission to provide brighter futures through education and understanding.
Ambassador Sulunteh also toured Savannah’s natural gas facility and met with the Savannah Black Caucus. As the Honorary Consul General works to strengthen the bond between Savannah and Liberia, the consulate office looks forward to future visits.
Last October, Liberian Vice President Joseph N. Boakai made a trip to Atlanta organized by the Liberian Consulate office in Georgia. During his visit, the Vice President met and spoke with many organizations to discuss a series of topics concerning Liberia. The Liberian Association of Metro Atlanta (LAMA), Thompson Hine Law firm, the University of Georgia (UGA), Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport, Delta Air Lines, The Lofa Association of Georgia (LAG), Centers for Disease Control (CDC), The Carter Center, and Morehouse School of Medicine (MSM) were among the organizations.
Vice President Boakai launched his three day visit with a town hall meeting and dinner hosted by LAMA, LAG, The Patriots for the Transformation of Liberia, and The Friends of Joseph N. Boakai, Sr. During this meeting he discussed topics of dual citizenship, his presidential campaign, the Ebola crisis and the local community center. The next morning, Vice President Boakai met with the Thompson Hine Law firm to engage in strategic business discussions. At the breakfast UGA International Programs Director Brian Watkins discussed plans for a program focused on women empowerment and poultry production. Both Watkins and Cynthia Blandford, Liberian Honorary Consul General in Georgia have been collaborating on the project with support from retired Clark Atlanta University president Dr. Kofi Bota and the President of the Ghana International Chamber of Commerce Matilda Arhin.
In addition to agriculture, infrastructure was discussed. Construction partners Omega Paving and HJ Russell and Company shared their ideas on roads and development in Liberia. After the Thompson Hine Law firm meeting, the Vice President had a Sister Airport Collaboration Agreement lunch meeting with Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport. Hartsfield’s Senior Deputy General Manager Michael Smith and International Business Director Alrene Barr briefed the Vice President and his delegation about the Agreement, which focuses on training and capacity development, technical assistance, strengthening airport relationships, and sharing information.
Travel discussions spilled over into Vice President Boakai’s next meeting with Delta Air Lines where he and the Honorary Consul General discussed reinstating direct flights between Atlanta and Liberia with Peter Carter, Delta’s Executive Vice President and Chief Legal Officer. Day two concluded with The Lofa Association of Georgia discussing the urgent need to complete the Gbarnga – Mandecoma Highway Project, and the Potential Mining of Wologizi Mountain. The Patriots for Transformation Project wrapped up the evening with a fundraising dinner in honor of the Vice President. At the dinner, Duluth City Council Member Marsha Anderson Bomar presented a proclamation from Duluth Mayor Nancy Harris stating that October 18-21, 2015, was Vice President Joseph N. Boakai, Sr., Day in the City of Duluth.
For his final day in Atlanta, Vice President Boakai shifted the conversation to focus on Liberia’s health and well-being. He engaged with the Centers for Disease Control, Carter Center, and Morehouse School of Medicine. The Vice President had a conference call with Dr. Tom Frieden, Director of the CDC; a program briefing at the Carter Center; and a discussion on post-Ebola recovery strategies and partnerships organized by the University Consortium for Liberia (UCL) with Morehouse School of Medicine. Over 60 guests, including MAP International, MedShare International, Morehouse School of Medicine faculty, the President and Chief of Staff of Savannah State University, Emory University School of Nursing, and the Liberian Nurses Association of Georgia attended the Morehouse School of Medicine meeting.
The Vice president could not leave Atlanta without showing appreciation to Clayton County Sheriff Victor Hill and his Security Team for their service. Vice President Boakai’s eventful Atlanta visit left much anticipation for a progressive 2016. The Liberian Consulate office in Georgia continues to forge and maintain relationships that will benefit both Liberia and Atlanta in the coming years.
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Delta Air Lines Announces Enhanced Partnership with Kenya Airways
Partnership offers seamless connections for Delta customers between Liberia and the U.S. via Accra, Ghana
MONROVIA, 24 July 2014 – Delta Air Lines (NYSE:DAL) today announced that it has reached agreement on an enhanced partnership with SkyTeam partner Kenya Airways to offer convenient connecting flights between Monrovia, Liberia, and Accra, Ghana.
The services will begin effective September 1, 2014, operating three times a week on a Boeing 737 aircraft operated by Kenya Airways. The Kenya Airways flight will offer seamless and convenient connections with Delta’s nonstop flights between Accra’s Kotoka International Airport and New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport.
“Delta has had a presence in Liberia for four years and we are pleased to be able to continue this association with the country through our new partnership with Kenya Airways,” said Perry Cantarutti, Delta’s senior vice president for Europe, the Middle East and Africa. “Delta recognises the importance of offering services between Monrovia and the United States and we would like to thank the Liberian Government for its continued support. Delta remains committed to the country and facilitating travel to the U.S. with our Kenya Airways partner.”
This service replaces Delta’s three-times weekly operations from Monrovia’s Roberts International Airport to Accra, Ghana. Passengers connecting onto Delta’s Accra to New York-JFK services from Kenya Airways will enjoy through check-in for their entire journey from Monrovia – collecting their boarding passes and checking in luggage from Monrovia through to their final destination in the United States.
Passengers connecting in Accra will be able to proceed directly to the transit lounge, without the need to clear Ghanaian immigration, for the flight departure from Delta’s dedicated airport gates to New York. Delta staff will be on hand to ease the connecting customer process and the transit time in Accra is anticipated to be one and a half hours. SkyMiles and Flying Blue members will continue to enjoy mileage accrual and elite benefits like extra baggage allowance, priority boarding, and lounge access on both airlines.
Business class passengers connecting through Kotoka International Airport will be able to access the new Sanbra Priority Lounge, which is positioned next to Delta’s airport gates, and provides customers with a luxury lounge experience prior to their flight to New York-JFK. The lounge has capacity for 108 people with leather seating, free Wi-Fi, complimentary snacks and a wide variety of soft and alcoholic drinks, as well as televisions and shower facilities.
Delta’s sales office will remain open in Liberia and continue to sell tickets to the U.S.. Delta will also continue selling tickets from the U.S. to Liberia.
Kenya Airways’ Regional General Manager for West Africa, America, Europe & Asia Pacific, Julius Thairu said: “This strategic partnership with Delta Air Lines enhances our presence in West Africa and cements our position as Africa’s premier airline. By providing a seamless connection from Liberia to Delta’s Accra to New York service, it significantly boosts Kenya Airways’ efforts to link Africa to the rest of the world.
This will provide our guests from Africa with an additional efficient and convenient connection to the U.S. on Delta Air Lines. It ties in with our long-term growth strategy to increase our footprint across the world.”
The Monrovia-Accra-New York schedule will operate as follows:
|KQ 509||Monrovia:18:00||Accra: 20:00|
|DL479||Accra: 22:35||New York-JFK: 05:13 (+1 day)|
|DL478||New York: 22:52||Accra: 13:30 (+1 day)|
Delta’s daily services between Accra and New York are operated with a Boeing 767-300 aircraft with 225 seats, comprising 25 seats in BusinessElite, 29 in Premium Economy and 171 seats in Economy.
Once onboard, passengers in the BusinessElite cabin will enjoy forward-facing seats that convert to a 180-degree fully flat-bed and offer direct aisle access in a 1x2x1 configuration. Delta has also invested in its economy class with seats that provide additional legroom, adjustable headrests, personal in-seat entertainment screens with over 350 films, 250 TV shows, 100 hours of HBO, 4,500 songs and 30 games and USB power at each seat. All Economy passengers will be provided with a complimentary amenity kit to improve their flight experience.
Delta Air Lines operates services to four African cities in four countries. The airline has grown from 22 weekly departures to and from Africa in December 2006 to 29 in summer 2014.
Passengers travelling from Liberia can book flights to the U.S. on Delta and Kenya Airways via travel agents and Delta’s dedicated reservations teams in Liberia.
Delta Air Lines serves nearly 165 million customers each year. This year, Delta was named the 2014 Airline of the Year by Air Transport World magazine and was named to FORTUNE magazine’s 50 Most Admired Companies, in addition to being named the most admired airline for the third time in four years. With an industry-leading global network, Delta and the Delta Connection carriers offer service to 333 destinations in 64 countries on six continents. Headquartered in Atlanta, Delta employs nearly 80,000 employees worldwide and operates a mainline fleet of more than 700 aircraft. The airline is a founding member of the SkyTeam global alliance and participates in the industry’s leading trans-Atlantic joint venture with Air France-KLM and Alitalia as well as a newly formed joint venture with Virgin Atlantic. Including its worldwide alliance partners, Delta offers customers more than 15,000 daily flights, with key hubs and markets including Amsterdam, Atlanta, Boston, Detroit, Los Angeles, Minneapolis-St. Paul, New York-JFK, New York-LaGuardia, Paris-Charles de Gaulle, Salt Lake City, Seattle and Tokyo-Narita. Delta has invested billions of dollars in airport facilities, global products, services and technology to enhance the customer experience in the air and on the ground.
About Kenya Airways
Kenya Airways, a member of the Sky Team Alliance, is a leading African airline flying to 65 destinations worldwide, 38 of which are in Africa and carries over three million passengers annually. It continues to modernize its fleet with its 48 aircraft fleet being one of the most modern in Africa and includes its flagship B787 Dreamliner aircrafts. The on-board service is renowned and the lie-flat business class seat on the wide-body aircraft is consistently voted among the world’s top 10. Most recently it has scooped top awards at the Africa Investor (Ai) Tourism Investor Awards and was declared the Business Airline of the Year in Africa. Kenya Airways takes pride for being in the forefront of connecting Africa to the world and the World to Africa through its hub at the new ultra-modern Terminal 1A at the Jomo Kenyatta International Airport in Nairobi. For more information, please visit www.kenya-airways.com.
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Focusing on trade, education and economic development, Liberian Embassy in Washington recently profiled diplomatic partners in Atlanta. The Consulate office was established by Madame Cynthia Lynn Blandford, who was commissioned August 31, 2009 as Honorary Consul General of the Republic of Liberia in the state of Georgia. H.C.G. Blandford is Liberia’s first African American female Honorary Consul General.
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Honorable Consul General Cynthia Lynn Blandford was the invited guest for the Pathways to Diplomacy and Global Leadership program on April 1, 2014, on the campus of Morehouse College. Mr. Hugh Williams, Diplomat in Residence was the instructor and Ms. Ashley Hamilton, Spelman College International Affairs Major and Intern in the Liberian Consulate Office invited the Consul General to speak on the “New Diplomat”. The Consul General currently employs four Interns and two Fellows in the Liberian Consulate office in Atlanta this semester.
ATLANTA–Honorary Consul General Cynthia Blandford spearheads University Consortium program to bridge the educational gap for Liberia. SSU is an institutional member of the University Consortium for Liberia (UCL), an organization founded by the honorary counsel general for the Republic of Liberia, Cynthia L. Blandford, and the Liberian Embassy in the United States. The purpose of the UCL is to institutionalize a framework through which U.S.-based colleges, universities and other academic-related organizations involved in Liberia. UCL Program and Savannah State University
The Honorary Consulate General Republic of Liberia and President and CEO of Global Strategies for Good, LLC, the Honorable Cynthia Lynn Blandford and Ameila Ross-Hammond, Ph.D., Distinguished Faculty & Professor of Music; Director, Service-Learning and Civic Engagement Campus Liaison, Norfolk State University, co-hosted an 8-day Service-Learning program in Liberia where Norfolk State students read to students at J.W. Pearson Elementary school, delivered much needed school supplies, traveled to the beautiful city of Robertsport to meet with the Superintendent of Grand Cape Mount County to discuss the eco-tourism and planted a vegetable garden with students at Senje Technical School. The delegation also had the opportunity to meet with the Minister of Foreign Affairs, the USAID Country Director, Minister of Education and other key officials, tour the City of Monrovia to see historic sites and to experience the wonderful culture, food and history of Liberia.
For more information on how to plan your trip to Liberia, please call the Liberian Consulate Office at (404) 565-1154.