The Open Society Initiative for West Africa is seeking applications for its Poets’ Residency. West African poets, of any age, residing in Africa are eligible to apply. The residency supports a poet who desires an Indaba in energetic Dakar, Senegal. The 4-day residency will be led by two African poets and culminate in the publishing of a poetry collection. Please click here for more information.
There are many young talented writers in Freetown, but no one’s read their stories because there are few publication houses. (See updates below)
Luisa Roberts, who stays at Newton, has been writing since she was six. She’s now 18. She said she must have written over a hundred pieces, but in the end, they all get tucked away in her cupboard or placed on top of a table as decoration. Luisa said her uncle always tells her she's wasting her time because her stories will never get published.
In 2014, Mabinty Dumbuya won second prize in a high school writing competition held by Dr. G. E. Hallowell, director of the Sierra Leone Broadcasting Corp.
Mabinty said she was quite proud that her essay on Ebola had won a prize. Since she started writing some years back that was the first time something good ever came out of it. Mabinty also said that she'd be happy if a publishing house is built in Freetown.
It's true there are no publishing houses in the city, but there is a Sierra …
May was the month that was in 1962.
Born May 15, 1923, Honoria Bailor-Caulker was installed and
dedicated as Paramount Chief for Kagboro chiefdom in Shenge a week before her 39th birthday.
Shenge, a coastal town on the Atlantic Ocean, is one of the several chiefdoms in Moyamba District in the Southern Province of Sierra Leone.
Honoria was both a Member of Parliament and a paramount
chief with executive power. She had earned a certificate in teaching and was a widow with five children.
Over her career, she served as a Sierra Leone government delegate to the United Nations and other assemblies. She was also a member of numerous women's organizations in Sierra Leone. Her special interests were history, agriculture, and social service/self-help programs.
Honoria had traveled extensively in Africa, the Middle East, Europe, and made short
visits to the United States. In 1974, she was invited to speak at the American Anthropological Association.