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.’
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.
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
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.
In ‘The Fascinating History of My Liberated Ancestors’, the Author starts with a brief Historical sketch of his direct Ancestors beginning in Scotland in the late fifteenth Century. Thereafter, the reader is treated to a very well researched account of those White and Black men and women that traveled between Nova Scotia, Jamaica, Britain and West Africa, particularly Sierra Leone whilst enduring the horrors of Slavery. Against all odds and the many degrading and prejudicial practices, Charles Harding’s Ancestors developed into a formidable Group of well – educated professionals in Medicine, The Law and members of the Cloth. They married and intermarried and played an immeasurable part in the establishment of the British Colony of Sierra Leone that played such a leading role in West Africa until Independence. His masterful writing has not only produced a ‘Family History,’ but a book that provides a unique account of ‘Colonial History’, and a Fascinating one at that. This remarkable book is a truly good read.
First published as Road to Freedom, this is the story of former African slaves who were persuaded to fight on the side of the British in the American War of Independence and after their defeat migrated to Nova Scotia. Seeking a better life and more meaningful freedom in 1792, over one thousand of them left Nova Scotia to resettle in West Africa, with the support of a company formed by British philanthropists. Freetown, the colony they founded, later became the capital of Sierra Leone. Told from the point of view of one of the settlers, Seeking Freedom is the stirring tale of their return to Africa, and of their struggles to realize their hopes in a trying climate, amid sometimes hostile indigenes, unexpected dangers, and conflicts with officials of the company that sponsored them.
Milo And All That Jazz is the most recent work of Dr. Kitty Fadlu-Deen, published by SONDIATA GLOBAL MEDIA. Dr. Fadlu Deen was born in Singapore and is a graduate of the University College Dublin and the University of York. She has worked as a music educator in Sierra Leone where she lives with her husband. She therefore, has a firsthand appreciation of the international music scene.
As a music professional from South East Asia, the vastness and depth of musical offerings in her adopted country was an inspirational discovery for Dr. Fadlu-Deen. Part of the expression of this inspiration is her co-founding of the Ballanta Academy of Music, Freetown in 1995.
Milo And All That Jazz attempts to explore the history and creative breadth and depth of Sierra Leonean music from the 1960s to the 1990s. Considering the vast choice of bands and artists during that period, this is no mean feat. Aminatta Forna, a renowned Sierra Leonean author, says “…Dr. Fadlu-Deen has commemorated Pino and all the most talented of Sierra Leone’s astonishing array of musicians over three decades in a fascinating story that has been meticulously researched and elegantly written… Sierra Leone boasts a powerful voice that moves to its own distinctive beat.”
The book takes the reader on a journey steeped in Sierra Leonean culture expressed through her distinctive music, providing the reader with an appreciation of its evolution and growth over three memorable decades.
This is a definite must-read for music lovers the world over. It is a book that connects the development of Sierra Leonean cultural music and its sources of inspiration from the African Continent and beyond. Above all, it recognises the influence and inspiration with which Sierra Leonean music continues to touch the world.