Richard M. Nixon Institute
Monrovia, Liberia West Africa
Why is RMNI named after Richard Nixon?
37th President of the United States
John Wulu, the founder of the institute, describes why he was inspired to name his school after Richard Nixon in his autobiography The Miracles and Riches of God.
On television, I saw former President Richard M. Nixon run against the late John F. Kennedy for the presidency, but Nixon was defeated. Four years later, Nixon ran against Lyndon B. Johnson, Nixon was defeated. He later went to his own state, California, and tried for the governor's office, but he was not successful. Nixon did not give up. In 1968 he ran again for the office of the President. This time he won the presidential election and became thirty-seventh President of the United States.
I admired former President Richard M. Nixon's determination, persistence, and courage, so I wrote him a letter. In my letter, I stated, " Mr. President, to you defeat means success. you were defeated two times for the office of the President, you did not allow that to deter or discourage you. you ran again, and this time you won the presidential election and now you are the President of United of America. My entire family and I have strong admiration for you. I have my own school in my name, John N. Wulu Elementary and Junior High School. But I decided to rename my school in your honor and call it Richard M. Nixon Institute. The school is located in Monrovia, the capital city of Liberia, West Africa.
President Nixon replied to my letter through the American Embassy in Monrovia, Liberia, and said it was okay for me to name my school in his honor, but he had no financial support to give the institute. My family and I were very pleased that we got an "okay" response from Nixon to name the school after him. In 1970, we named the school Richard M. Nixon Institute.
Founders of RMNI
Mr. John N. Wulu & Mrs. Minnie W. Wulu
Founders JMWSS & RMNI
John Wulu describes the founding of the institute in his autobiography The Miracles and Riches of God.
My lovely wife Minnie Wulu and I were thankful and grateful to our Lord God for keeping us happy with our offspring. When my wife was pregnant, the Lord put in my mind to think of how our five children would get an education while the sixth one was on the way. So I talked to my wife about getting someone to teach our children in our house. She agreed for us to get a home tutor. This was in the earliest part of January 1964. I hired a young fellow by the name of Irvin Kofa to teach our children in our house. I turned my 12 by 8 feet bedroom into a classroom for the purpose of educating our children. I put a blackboard, a few chairs, and one or two tables in the room for the teacher and children to use.
While Mr. Kofa, a university student, was teaching our children in our home, our neighbors around us asked my permission to bring their children to my home to attend classes with my children. I know that the best thing to give a child is an education. After about three months of teaching the children in my house, the number of students increased to more than ten. The 12 by 8 room became too small to hold the increasing number of children. It was obvious that God was blessing my wife and me with children and knowing that the best gift to give our children was education; I called my wife attention to what the Lord was putting on my heart.
I said to her, "God has blessed us with children and now you are pregnant with a young child. The classroom in our house can not hold any more students. The Lord gave us more land. I want to establish a school for the purpose of giving our children and our neighbors' children an education! The children would be better off when they are educated."
In her response, she said, "Yes, it is a good thing to establish a school here in Warwen on our own land." I told her that I would build a school on our land in front of our house because I did not want the school building to be far from where we lived. Both of us agreed to establish a school building on our own land in Monrovia.
After praying about putting up a school building, I started buying building materials: blocks, cement, planks, rocks, and zinc for our school project. We hired masons and they started the construction work in April 1964. At the beginning, it was a two-room school building. After the masons laid the bricks to roof level, we hire carpenters who put a zinc roof over our two-room schoolhouse. Wooden doors and windows were put on.
The masons laid a strong concrete cement floor and plastered the walls with good, rich cement. We painted the school building white and the doors and windows blue. We thanked God that the school project was complete.. We were very, very happy and pleased with our little school in the War-wen Community that provided education to the children. We named the School John N. Wulu Elementary School, in honor of me.
While we were experiencing the happiness of putting up our little school building, I went to the Department of Education to apply for a school operation permit. The permit was granted to me after the building was inspected. My wife and I were very, very pleased and thankful to God, who made a way for us to establish a school.
Teacher Rev. Irvin & Mrs. Kofa
It has been said that little is much when God is in it for He has the power to transform weakness into strength and wickedness into good.
Richard M. Nixon Institute began as a study class for the children of the late Mr. & Mrs. John N. Wulu. Because of his full-time job at the Freeport of Monrovia, coupled with his studies at the University of Liberia simultaneously, he had no time to tutor his kids and therefore asked me to teach them in 1964.
The study class grew gradually as parents in the vicinity of Bassa Community observed that the Wulu children were succeeding in their studies and decided to enroll their kids in the Wulu kids study class. Because little is much when God is in it, the study class became a kindergarten school, then an Elementary School and after attaining the Junior School level, the late John and Minnie Wulu, proprietors of the School, decided to honor then US President Richard M. Nixon by naming the school after him. I consider it both a blessing and a great honor that I am not only the founding teacher and principal of the school but that God had used me to glorify His Holy Name.