Munah Evangeline Pelham-Youngblood (22 September 1983 – 8 July 2020) was a Liberian politician. She was elected twice to the Liberian House of Representatives. She was the youngest person ever elected to the Liberian parliament. A partisan of the Congress for Democratic Change, she belonged to the inner circle of President George Weah.
1 Early life and family
3 Illness and death
Early life and family
Munah Evangeline Pelham was born on 22 September 1983. Her parents were Col. Walter Maxwell Pelham Sr., a senior Liberian National Police officer and head coach of the Liberia national football team, and Elizabeth Pelham, Comptroller of the House of Representatives. She was married to Raymond Youngblood in 2013. Munah Pelham-Youngblood earned a B.Sc. degree in mass communications and a master's degree in international relations from the University of Liberia.
Pelham worked as a fashion and runway model. She was a beauty queen, and represented Liberia in Miss Malaika International 2004 and Miss Silverbird International in 2005. She was the first runner-up in the Miss Liberia contest of 2005.
Pelham-Youngblood was elected to the House of Representative from the 9th District of Montserrado County in the 2011 Liberian general election, at the age of 28, and was re-elected in the 2017 Liberian general election, standing as a Congress for Democratic Change candidate.
In the House of the Representatives, she chaired the committee on the Executive. After the election of George Weah as President of Liberia, she organized the 2018 and 2019 State of the Nation addresses of President Weah. She co-chaired the Women's Legislative Caucus (and later served as the financial secretary of the Women's Legislative Caucus) and the Committee on Contracts, Monopolies, Public Procurement & Concession, and was a member of the Committees on Gender, Child Protection & Social Welfare, Youth & Sports, Foreign Affairs, Oil & Gas, Banking & Currency, Rules Order & Administration. She served as the secretary general of the Montserrado County Legislative Caucus. She chaired the Liberian chapter of the World Bank/IMF Parliamentary Network.
Illness and death
Pelham-Youngblood reportedly fell ill in mid-April 2018 and travelled out of Liberia for medical treatment, visiting Ghana and Ivory Coast before going to India. While receiving treatment in India, rumours spread on Liberian social media of her death, provoking a rebuttal from her family.
Pelham-Youngblood returned to Liberia on 18 July 2018. A thanksgiving service was held at Lakpazee Community Church in Lakpazee, Sinkor, Monrovia to celebrate her return. In 2019, she was out of Liberia for ten months for medical treatment. She died in Accra, Ghana, on 8 July 2020, aged 36.
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