I am also involved in non-profit; I am the founder of Technology for Liberia which is a non-profit organization whose overall goal is to integrate information technology into education in Liberia. Liberia, it is a small country located on the west coast of Africa which was founded by freed slaves from America in 1847. It suffered a brutal civil crisis which lasted for over 14yrs leaving the country destroyed, both physical and human infrastructure distabilized. Today we have the first female president elect in Liberia and the entire continent of Africa.
What prompted you to start Technology for Liberia?
Technology for Liberia is an idea that I conceived while working for the management information systems department of a company in Pennsylvania called AmeriGas Propane; whenever we deployed new systems to various departments of the company, I came to the understanding that the company(AmeriGas) would paid a recycling company to get rid of the old/used computers. I said to myself that it would be wise to take some of the computers that weren't terribly old, refurbish them and share with students back in Liberia which would in some ways enhance their learning processes, install some of the basic applications like the Microsoft office suites and other simple applications.
|Matu with former Liberian Ambassador to US|
|Matu with Isaiah Washington of Greys Anatomy and her friend Dr.Major|
|Matu with Hosea Chanchez of the hit show The GAME|
|Matu with Jean Baylor formerly of the group Zhane|
My choice of music to sing is gospel music; I sing about love, life, courage, etc. I think that gospel music is more of a message or a theme than it is a genre. I say that simply because it is a kind that is very eclectic but one message/theme; you will find different styles and ideas of music; Jazz, soul, rock, bluegrass, funk, country etc.
"A phenomenal woman to me is one that has a great purpose; she is passionate, compassionate, humble, caring and giving. She exudes a beauty that reflects great values, wisdom and strength. She is one that will use her influence to bring about positive change. She is a servant."