“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.











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.’





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


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.




SEEKING FREEDOM by Yema Lucilda Hunter

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.



Queen Nefertiti was more than just a “Great Royal Wife”. She was once one of the most powerful women of Africa as she ruled ancient Egypt alongside her husband, Pharaoh Akhenaten. They were the power couple of their era who brought revolutionary, cultural and religious changes to Egypt. She is also an icon of beauty and her famous bust is a global symbol of feminine beauty and power. Nefertiti Reborn is a tribute to the ancient Queen Nefertiti and is for today’s African woman.

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If you have integrated into your country of residence and you respect diversity,

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Nefertiti Reborn is a new breed woman, who juggles work and family. A global citizen, she is aware of world events and cares about their impact on Africa. She maintains strong links to her country of origin. She’s got great hair, an iPhone or iPad and she can cook a great african meal. She loves wearing ankara and casually teams it up with skinny jeans or a t-shirt and a pair of heels.

She is Afropolitan and she runs her world. She is ready to play her part on the world stage and inspire change. She is a leader and she is shaping Africa’s future.

The beautiful one has come again in the spirit of Nefertiti Reborn and she is here to stay.

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