POEMS FOR THE MOTHERLAND by Josephine Coker


“Poems for the Motherland” is a creative act of sharing and giving back by a poet who evidently values and appreciates what she received by way of a cultural education in the course of growing up in Sierra Leone in the 70s and 80s. Josephine Coker identifies her target audience as “the younger generation now living there”, which seems to me an excessively modest aspiration, as I have no doubt at all that a younger generation living not just “there” but ANYWHERE will find this an inspiring, enjoyable, educative and fascinating read. Not only that, but as someone who long since vacated that lobby inhabited by “the young generation” I nevertheless felt, as I read the poems in this collection, affinities with that referenced constituency that can only be the result of the poetry having a greater universality and appeal than perhaps the author herself acknowledges or realises. This is not itself an unusual happening with poetry; it speaks to that quality to which my favourite poet William Wordsworth alludes in the phrase – “we feel that we are greater than we know”. Dr Kayode Robin-CokerJosephine Coker is a gift to her generation. She is very academic, but being one to make up her own mind, she opted to leave the Science Stream for the Commercial Stream while at the Methodist Girls’ High School in Freetown, much to the chagrin of her devoted grandfather who she claims steered her ship and charted a course which she still by and large follows. She claims the decision to change course made her the all-rounder she is today.Her grandfather, being a firm believer in education, strived to ensure that she would be the best at whatever she wanted to do. On finishing secondary school, she enrolled at the Milton Margai Teachers’ College, the only tertiary institution in Sierra Leone at the time which offered commercial subjects. During Teaching Practice at her alma mater, the then principal, Mrs Fashu Collier turned up unannounced to observe one of her final classes. Little did she know that she was being assessed for a job which she was offered after the lesson. After teaching for two years she held a few jobs, including senior administrative positions at NGOs before leaving for the United Kingdom where she, among others studied for the Chartered Insurance Institute and Chartered Marketing Institute examinations. She also holds an LLB. She is a Marketing Consultant and mentors BAME businesses.While Josephine is no doubt a strong academic she also has a substantive creative side. She is good with her hands and messing about with hand-made fashion items got her noticed by the BBC and birthed her fashion business Beoku Designs. Poems For The Motherland is further evidence of that creative side. Josephine is also a mother and grandmother. She has a zest for life and does everything with passion. In her words, “the kids are growing up but that does not make me old”.This is neither an incidental nor an accidental publication; each poem sparkles with talent aforethought. An academically gifted alumna of the Methodist Girls High School (one of the oldest and most respected secondary schools in Sierra Leone where, as she recalls in a recent conversation, she was taught how to “understand, interpret and appreciate poetry”), Coker, perhaps not surprisingly, writes poetry that is metrically felicitous, with stylishly rhythmic effects and characterised by skilful, formal and competent use of rhyme. Assured expression and impressive precision come as second nature to a writer with an LLB degree in her toolkit, a writer whose “day job” has encompassed successful careers and formal academic qualifications in the demanding fields of insurance and marketing. Some of these poems read like the sort of accomplished broadside ballads that were popular in the 19th century English poetic tradition.

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WITH VIOLENT HANDS by Conrad Lisk

 

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In June 1945, Britain was in the awkward phase between the end of the war in Europe and that in the Far East. However as people enjoyed their new-found freedom from air raids and rocket bombs, violent crime was still around. That month, an armed robbery took place at a garage in Thornton Heath, South London. A cashier was shot and fatally injured, the robber escaping with a small amount of money.This book follows the investigation into the crime, and the eventual trial and aftermath. Interspersed with this is an account of an unrelated case going through the parallel military court system. In that case some German prisoners of war were accused of killing one of their companions for allegedly betraying an escape plan.The cases had one striking similarity – they each led to the trials of eighteen year olds, who despite their young years faced the possibility of death by hanging.This book tells what the outcome of the trials was, the fates of the young men, and the subsequent lives of the surviving persons and their family members.

Before The twisted Rib by Oumar Farouk Sesay

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.

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UNTIL THE SKY TURNS SILVER

 

UNTIL THE SKY TURNS SILVER by DIANA  SKELTON and JEAN STALLINGS

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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 the combating the financing of Terrorism

ANTI – MONEY LAUNDERING and COMBATING THE FINANCING OF TERRORISM by James Dunkay Conteh

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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.

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THE WAR SERVICE OF THREE ACOCKS GREEN FAMILIES by CONRAD LISK

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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

 

 

My world of stories by Cecilia Esther Abigail Shodike

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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: to the Mali Kingdom

 

Bala Clark: Journey to the Mali Kingdom by Sylvie Aboa – Bradwell.

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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

ADJAI by ARNOLD – AWOONOR – GORDON

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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 HERCULES

The Golden Gloves of Heracles by Jermaine Nnmamdi Carew

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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