Every so often one encounters poems that speak to the wrath of memory. OUmar Farouk Sesay catalogues the bitter sinkers of his pain. From bone to blood, verse after verse, the collection mesmerises with a healing balm.Gbanabom HallowellFarouk’s collection of a hundred poems exudes overwhelming certainty, transience, resilience, lost moments, direful circumstances, the African plight, inspiration, national identity and cohesion, deep longing, celebration amongst others. This collection like the others “Salute to the Peasants”, “The Edge of a Cry” and “Broken Metaphor” are sure to rock and will continue to cement Farouk’s status as one of the foremost Sierra Leonean poets of the 21st Century.
UNTIL THE SKY TURNS SILVER by DIANA SKELTON and JEAN STALLINGS
Tanita Brown’s life in Bushwick, Brooklyn, doesn’t have any slack. Still a teenager, she helps her grandmother raise her younger brother and provide shelter to recently evicted neighbours. When Tanita has the chance to speak about poverty at the United Nations, she’s excited but even more overwhelmed, especially when she meets the disparaging Blandine Dulavoir, a UN diplomat. Blandine runs her Manhattan life like a well-oiled machine – until meeting Tanita and the volunteers who run children’s art workshops on the sidewalk. When Ahmed travels from Tanzania to New York, both Tanita and Blandine are pushed to re-examine the ways they look at the world
ANTI – MONEY LAUNDERING and COMBATING THE FINANCING OF TERRORISM by James Dunkay Conteh
This book provides a timely response to the need for increased training and awareness in the field of anti-money laundering and financial crime. The Aim is to assist financial institutions and their employees in understanding their Anti Money Laundering(AML)/Combatting the Financing of Terrorism (CFT) obligations so that they can be equipped with the relevant skills required for the effective discharge of their relevant responsibilities. The book also seeks to create awareness among the general public on how money laundering and terrorist financing can be combated as it seeks to provide an insight in the field of anti-money laundering and financial crime.
THE WAR SERVICE OF THREE ACOCKS GREEN FAMILIES by CONRAD LISK
In St Mary the Virgin churchyard in the Birmingham suburb of Acocks Green, lie a number of World War Two graves. These bear testimony to the tale of some young men, from three local families, who joined up during the war. They were spread out among all three of the armed forces. Some were deployed at home, some sent abroad. Their service ranged from the air battle against occupied Europe to the Arctic convoys, from Java in the Far East to battles on the beaches of Dunkirk, in North Africa, Syria/Lebanon, Italy and Greece. Inevitably not all these stories had a happy ending. Some of the men, happily, returned from the war. This is the story of all these men, and also of the families they left behind when they went to war. The course of the war, particularly as it affected Birmingham and Acocks Green in particular, is followed in detail. The book also follows the lives of the survivors and their relatives after the conflict.’
My world of stories by Cecilia Esther Abigail Shodike
A collection of stories……………… PART ONE: Early stories written by Cecilia Esther Abigail Shodike between 2013 and 2015 comprising mainly very short stories with a wide variety of subjects and themes. The young Writer uses a distinctive style to keep the reader’s interest in the rich range of stories, which compensates for brevity in some of them. PART TWO: In the second part of the book, Esther introduces the reader to her collection of new stories. She is seen to have mastered the asset of story telling and becomes more ambitious and better skilled at developing her plots. There’s little doubt of her potential as a Writer and this book indicates a promising future for this young Writer f rom Sierra Leone.
Bala Clark: Journey to the Mali Kingdom by Sylvie Aboa – Bradwell.
If you like exciting, dangerous and daring adventures, then read on… In this action-packed historical fantasy, Bala, a brave British boy, and his friend Oliver are transported back to the Mali Kingdom in the 13th century. They are confronted with hate, jealousy and betrayal. But they also discover that these evil forces are no match for kindness, loyalty and courage.
ADJAI by ARNOLD – AWOONOR – GORDON
Of this personal Memoire, the author says: When I was young and living with my grandmother as a boy and young man, my grandmother as she grew older, had a sharp mind and could still remember her time as a girl, young woman and then as a married woman. She was fond of telling us stories of her parents, eleven siblings, and particularly about her grandpa Adjai and grandmother Asano. Of course, my siblings and I did not take her seriously and thought it was the ramblings of an old woman. It was not until later that I came to realise that the grandpa Adjai and grandma Asano she used to talk so fondly about were Bishop Samuel Adjai Crowther, the first black bishop in the Anglican communion and his wife Asano. So, using the experience I had gained in my long life as a journalist, I have written this personal memoire of my great great grandfather with whom I am six degrees of separation through my grandmother
The Golden Gloves of Heracles by Jermaine Nnmamdi Carew
The Golden Gloves of Heracles: Hercule is a normal school kid who seems to be good at nothing. He’s a little overweight and is a laughing stock the school. However, his bullied and provoked days are about to change as he found a pair of golden battle gloves that belongs to the demigod Hercules/Heracles. As he wore the gloves, Olympia was sat the brink lot danger as Ares, Heracles’s half-brother arrives to get revenge. Will Hercules be at peace with his ancestral uncle, or will his Herculean strength fail him?
Hercule’s Gauntlets: Titanic Clashes: Hercule, the reincarnate of the demigod Hercules, quickly became a worldwide phenomenon on both Olympia and Olympus. He greatly struggles with his new life of fame and critics and starts too debate whether the golden gauntlets that he wears were a blessing, or a curse. Meanwhile, Hades, god of the underworld, plots to take vengeance on his brother Zeus and makes an allegiance of his own. On Hercule’s birthday, he wishes to know the secret of the golden gauntlets that gave him the powers and attributes of Hercules. As he starts his journey too find his answers, so starts the beginning of an unexpected siege in Olympus. Could Hercule complete his nearly impossible journey for answers in time to help fight this new threat, or will it be too late
Nyamacoro was inspired to start writing poetry and short stories after returning to Sierra Leone. The beauty of her homeland inspired poems such as Tropical Rain and A continent of contrasts. She yearns to return home during the Winter months and has chosen the Title of ‘When the Nightingale Sings’ as an appropriate recognition of her dreams.
In “Foulah Tong 1960 and beyond…” the Author discusses the complex nature of that Community and traces those Family ties and Religious practices that underpinned the attitude and achievements of Foulah Tonians through three distinct Generations. He takes the Reader through memorable National events starting from Independence in 1961, the Rebel War of 1991 to 2002 including the outbreak of the Ebola Plague in 2014. Throughout, top Foulah Tong Academics, Civil Servants, Contractors, Diplomats, Engineers, Entrepreneurs, Legal Practitioners, Military Officers, Medical Personnel, Pharmacists, Politicians, and Scientists have contributed fully to Nation building. However, the momentum of the Cultural and Educational well-being of Foulah Tong appears to be on the wane and raises the question whether this is in fact a Foulah Tong problem, or one affecting every facet of Sierra Leone. Do the Foulah Tong people have youths in their midst that are qualified and ready to perform the roles played by their forefathers? This book is an attempt by the Author not only to inform, inspire and entertain but also to bring these concerns in front of the political mirror for Foulah Tonians to take a good look at themselves and for the Government likewise to take a good look at their heritage and potential as future effective National contributors.