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"For it is all that is left after war. The story outlasts us, it outlasts us all" - Sierra Leoneans Celebrate Chinua Achebe's Stories

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How do you celebrate the 86th birthday of a man who wrote the most widely read book in African literature? Host a hangout “across computers, Android, and Apple devices“ on a WhatsApp group.

The Sierra Leone Writers Seriesgroup, which marked its second birthday November 14, connects poets, novelists, writers, performance artists, painters, playwrights, and musicians of Sierra Leonean descent. 

To mark the birthday of Africa’s legendary Chinua Achebe (he would have been 86 today) Dr. Mohamed Gibril Sesay, author of This Side of Nothingness (publishers: Sierra Leonean Writers Series and Karantha Publishers), sociology professor, and Sierra Leone’s Minister of State, weighed in with Kemurl Fofanah, a young poet and writer currently studying for a Bachelor of Arts in Peace and Conflict studies at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone.

Joining in were Njanguma Momodu, who has set up a writers forum that launched a public library in rural Sierra Leone; freelance writer and radio ho…

Pan-African Voices - A Platform for African Poets

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Pan-African Voices, a platform for African poets, is seeking more poets from Africa and around the world.

The group caters to those with a prowess in voicing messages of peace, love, and unity throughout Africa and the world.

Join Pan-African Voices to share poetry, take part in discussions, as well as literary criticisms and analysis.

To be a part of this exciting venture, simply add Kemurl Fofanah +23288865054 and Tapera Makahdo +263775540869 to your WhatsApp contacts and send "ADD ME”
Kemurl & Tapera The Pan-African Voices group -It's a place where poets meet and interact

Behind the Stories That Inspired Bakar Mansaray's A Suitcase full of Dried Fish

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Vitabu: In Abayomi Roberts’s report on your book launch, he talked about how the African-Canadian community came together in Edmonton last fall for A Suitcase Full of Dried Fish and other stories.

Abayomi said your speech touched on your own  life and work as an airline steward with the then national carrier in Sierra Leone. You reportedly said that experience inspired the title story. 

Please share your suitcase experience with our audience. 

Bakar Mansary: My experience as a flight attendant with Sierra Leone Airlines inspired the title story in my book, “A Suitcase Full of Dried Fish and other stories”

The title story was set in the mid-1980s, when I travelled from Freetown to Paris as air cabin crew, with a suitcase full of dried fish.

My intention was to sell them to an African woman in Paris. However, by the time we were in sight of l’aéroport d’Orly, our flight was unable to land due to bad weather. As a result, the pilots were forced to head for l’aéroport Nice Côte d’Azur in south…