An American by birth, Vahplahn Zeegar-Holman considers Salala, Bong county, Liberia, home, having spent his formative years there along with two sisters and a brother. His father, John Wesley Holman, was a World War II U.S.Army veteran. His mother Arimetta Nyoweh Zeegar Banks Holman was the classic hybrid Liberian with cultural footprints in Liberia’s settler and indigenous stocks. Born July 17, 1952, Vahplahn attended elementary school in Salala, Bong County(formerly central province), and Ricks Institute, Virginia, Liberia. In 1971 he completed high school at St. Patrick’s High School, Monrovia, Liberia. He is a proud 1977 graduate of the University of Liberia and the Liberian Foreign Service Institute (1975).
Vahplahn began his professional diplomatic career as a 26 years old with assignments to London, England, Addis Ababa, Ethiopia and the United nations, New York. Vahplahn also was a newscaster at ELBC/TV, teacher at his alma mater, St. Patrick’s High School, and personnel manager/labor consultant at St. Joseph’s Catholic Hospital, Monrovia. Not unlike many of his ilk, Vahplahn did not fit the mold of the prevailing situation in dear Liberia and accordingly, reluctantly left the place he considered home almost thirty years ago for the land of his birth.
Vahplahn has worked as a social worker, educator and public speaker in both the public and private sectors. On the cusp of retirement, Vahplahn, with the sanction of his wife, Joyce Kumbah Raynes Ogunti, is focusing more on molding the minds of his grandchildren and other young folks willing to listen to him.
A proud grandpa/papa, father, family man and nagging husband, Vahplahn is particularly engaged in Acres, a free outpatient clinic in Millsburg, Montserrado County, Liberia, which he and his wife have been operating since 2013. To date, Acres has served over 34,000 patients free of charge.