Liberian President George Manneh Weah (left) welcomes the honest finder, Emmanuel Tuloe, to his office.
Emmanuel Tuloe has to drop out of school in the seventh grade because he lacks the money. Later he found a large sum in Liberia – and gave it back. For this he received the highest medal in the country and two motorcycles.
E.in 19-year-old has been named a national hero in West African Liberia for his sincerity and has been honored by President George Weah. Emmanuel Tuloe, who works as a motorcycle taxi driver, found cash worth 50,000 US dollars (43,100 euros) on the street and returned it to the owner, the Liberian Observer newspaper reported on Tuesday.
According to the report, a businesswoman had lost the cash wrapped in a plastic bag on the side of a country road outside the town of Tappita in the northeastern Nimba region. The woman asked for a finder’s fee on the radio, whereupon Tuloe contacted her.
During a ceremony in the capital, Monrovia, Weah praised Tuloe’s “extraordinary sense of morality and good citizenship” on Monday. He awarded him the highest order in Liberia. In addition, Tuloe received an educational grant, two motorcycles and a cash award. Tuloe, whose father died early, had to drop out of seventh grade due to lack of money.
Liberia, rich in gold, diamonds and iron ore, is one of the poorest countries in the world despite its natural resources. According to the World Bank, almost 45 percent of the approximately five million inhabitants fall under the international standard for “extreme poverty” and live on 1.90 dollars (1.60 euros) or less per day.
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