Liberia, a little country situated on the west coast of Africa is rich with a lot of natural resources. Many of these resources have not been tapped into. There are diamond, gold, aluminum, rubber, palm products, and so on.The most important resource of all is the human resources. This resource is saturated with numerous God given gifts and talents.
The most visible of these gifts and talents is music. Some of Africa’s and the world’s best musicians are Liberians. The fourteen years of civil war in Liberia caused many Liberians to flee the country and travel to nearly every part of the world. Many Liberian gospel musicians,veterans as well as young and upcoming ones found themselves in the great United States of America. Each came with an agenda; “When I get to America, I will improve my musical talent to the best that America can offer.” Many are left on the wayside because of the American system; there are millions of musicians in America and sometimes the foreign accent becomes impediment to the immediate acceptance of our music in the mainstream of the American society. In view of these conditions, it became necessary to establish an organization that will cater to the Liberian population in the Americas, yea the world including those who appreciate the Liberian cultural music and its accents. It is also noteworthy that many Liberians in the USA have been in America a long time many have had children born here; some of their children gifted with their Liberian parents’ talents, also sing with the American accent.
Rev. Dr. Samuel F. Ticker, a veteran Liberian Gospel music icon who presently resides in Ewing New Jersey, USA, decided to establish an organization to fill the void the Liberian community has had for a long time. He contacted a few young individuals with whom he had worked in the past. These included Miss. Linder Konneh (Minnesota), Mr. Michael Borkay (North Carolina), Mr. Victor Jones (Philadelphia), Bro. Leroy Moore (Maryland), USA., Mother Caroline Hodge-Ticker (New Jersey), Sis. Faith Joy Toe Richardson (Delaware) A few meetings were held by way of teleconferences. As a result of these meetings, a decision was made to have a retreat. The last weekend of the month of May 2012 was suggested and voted upon. May 25 to 27 the group met. This weekend gave the actual birth of the organization. Originally, the name given this group was, Association of Liberian Gospel Musicians. During this meeting, after much deliberations and reconsiderations, the name was changed to Liberian Gospel Union. It was also at this meeting that the bylaws and constitution of the union was drawn up. Officers were elected. The officers included: Rev. Dr. Samuel F. Ticker (President), Bro. Leroy Moore (V. President), Bro. Michael Borkay (Secretary), Sis. Linder Konneh (Financial Secretary), Bro. Victor Jones (Membership Director), Mother Caroline Hodge-Ticker (Treasurer), Sis. Anna (Chaplain). The last weekend of May was selected as the official time for LiGu’s annual Regular and called meetings continue to be held via teleconferences.