Joselia Kollie, who is the daughter of a popular gospel singer, explains how she desires to spread developmental messages through music with a song reminding Liberians of how much the country already has been through, in Gbarnga, Liberia. Liberian radio stations are getting the word out about how to prevent coronavirus, and one tune here is especially gaining praise: The person singing it is only 9 years old. Jonathan Paye-Layleh/ASSOCIATED PRESS
Photo: Jonathan Paye-Layleh
Photo: Jonathan Paye-Layleh

Liberian girl’s song about COVID-19 being played on radio

The singer? She’s 9 years old.

Joselia Kollie’s song has been getting airplay on Liberian radio, and praise from health officials. She said she wanted to do her part to stop the spread of COVID-19 because “whenever bad things happen, we, the children, will always suffer.”

At least 16 people have died since Liberia’s first confirmed case on March 16, and the West African country is still rebuilding its public health sector after the Ebola epidemic killed 4,810 people between 2014 and 2016.

“I believe this song will help fight the virus because the song says prevention. We need to prevent ourselves from coronavirus by washing our hands, not shaking hands and not sneezing on one another,” she said by phone from her home in Gbarnga, 112 miles from the capital.

Joselia began singing at the age of 3, and recently told her mother she wanted to do a song about fighting coronavirus.

“God called her to certain things and she wants to fulfill her destiny,” said Amanda T. Kollie, herself a popular gospel singer.

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