Personality of the week is a weekly program created by our team to highlight the leadership and contributions of individual that are making a positive impact in our community. Today POTW is brother Yahaya Talata Sheriff from the state of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Brother Yahaya Talata Sheriff was born unto the blessed union of Mr. & Mrs. Sheriff in Liberia, West Africa. I met brother Yahaya Talata Sheriff in N’zerekore, Guinea as a refugee on the soccer field one Sunday morning practiced and I immediately became his number one fan because of his control on the soccer ball and how down to earth this brother is. Little did I know that Talata had played on the first division level in Liberia and was attending the University of Liberia before the senseless civil war.
My admiration for beautiful spoken language did not just start from here in the diaspora rather as a little boy listening to powerful speakers such as Mohammed Komara (my uncle) Mohammed Sheriff (PA), K Mohamed Jimel, Brother Joseph Sackor and Brother Yahaya Talata Sheriff got added to that list sooner then I know. Brother Talata will come around our area of resident to visit us ones in a blue moon and I will catched myself completely dumfounded looking at his mouth controlling the queen language. Brother Talata leadership abilities was put to a test in N’zerekore when he played for N’Zerekore soccer team. He represented the players to the Guineans officials for several years.
Talking about a great and effective leader, I know everybody has a different idea of what makes a good or great community leader. Nevertheless, most agree that simply having a specific job or position doesn’t define a good community leader it is more about a person’s ability to work with people and motivate them to achieve an outcome. A true leader has the ability to inspire and gain respect while setting and achieving goals and I am sure that that person is Bro. Talata Sheriff.
Bro.Talata Sheriff is a two teams president of Limap, the founder and CEO of the Help My People, a non for profit community service organization, Former President of AYAUSA, former acting secretary of LIMAP, Former chairman of the planning committee responsible for the formation of Felmausa, Chairman of the board of directors of BCOSA, co-chairman of the board of directors of LIYAB, first vice president of Afro-Haitians youth and young adult empowerment of North America and chairman of BCOSA’ election commission.
He is an activist who champions the cause of African youths and young adults in the Diaspora and in Africa as well. Talata is a humanitarian, a visionary and a shrewd individual who is sharp, intelligent and knows our community to the teeth. Mr. Sheriff is a very hard workingman who, no matter the huddles, won’t relent or slow down in his quest to bring smiles on the faces of minority kids and young adults. This very easy to talk to and always smiling young man is a rock that cannot easily be shaken nor can he be distracted by any shred of imagination.
Talata, as he’s known by many people, is very charismatic and articulate indeed; he’s an individual who uses his Charm and grace to create followers and admirers. He’s a person whose vision and passion can achieve great things. He has a proven record that is enviable. He’s resistant to irritant, nuisance and the likes. He’s a an effective communicator whose willingness and ability to listen to and understand the thoughts, ideas and concerns of others and to clearly communicate his own makes him approachable by his peers and associates. Ladies and Gentlemen please congratulate Brother Talata Sheriff for the tremendous community service and for been recognize as POTW.
“KEEP DOING GOOD, YOU DON’T KNOW WHO’S WATCHING”