Joseph Nyumah Boakai (born November 30, 1944) is the Vice-President of Liberia. He is Vice-President to fellow Unity Party member Ellen Johnson-Sirleaf.
Joseph Boakai was born on 30 November
, Foya District
, Lofa County
to illiterate parents, He is married to Kartumu Boakai
and they have 4 children. Boakai is a religious Christian
, and is a Deacon of the Effort Baptist Church.
Boakai is a graduate of the College of West Africa
, the University of Liberia
, and Kansas State University
, which he attended on a USAID
From 1983 to 1985, he served as the Liberian Minister of Agriculture under Master Sergeant Samuel Doe
. While Minister of Agriculture, Boakai chaired the 15 nation West African Rice Development Association