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Learning about Africa: Ghosts of Amistad

I’m always on the look-out for new information and new takes on the Amistad story. One recent one is Marcus Rediker’s The Amistad Rebellion: An Atlantic Odyssey of Slavery and Freedom in which the focus and viewpoint is on  the … Continue reading

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Learning About Africa: Volunteerism

Before you sign up for a volunteer trip anywhere in the world this summer, consider whether you possess the skill set necessary for that trip to be successful. If yes, awesome. If not, it might be a good idea to … Continue reading

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Learning About Africa: Congratulations to Joseph Opala

 PRESS RELEASE Historian Professor Joseph Opala receives Sierra Leonean Passport Sierra Leone’s Ambassador to the United States of America H.E. Bockari Kortu Stevens today presented Americo/ Sierra Leonean historian, Professor Joseph Opala with his Sierra Leonean passport. The impressive ceremony took … Continue reading

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Learning About Africa: Abina and the Important Men: A Graphic History

Abina and the Important Men is a compelling and powerfully illustrated “graphic history” based on an 1876 court transcript of a West African woman named Abina, who was wrongfully enslaved and took her case to court. The book is a microhistory … Continue reading

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Learning About Africa: What You Wish For

A new book, What You Wish For, created as a fundraiser for Book Wish Foundation, a nonprofit organization working to build libraries for Darfur refugees living in Chad, is a unique collection of stories and poems all contributed by a celebrated authors … Continue reading

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Learning About Africa: Sierra Leone Joining the Conversation

Last summer while in Sierra Leone I discovered firsthand the difficulties of connecting to the Internet when the only option was via satellite. I often sat fruitlessly watching the slow crawl of a site attempting to link up and it … Continue reading

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Learning About Africa: Peace Corps in Sierra Leone

The first Peace Corps Volunteers in Sierra Leone arrived in 1962, just a year after the organization was founded.  There was a consistent presence until 1994 when the conflict in the country became too dangerous and the program suspended.  Happily, … Continue reading

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Learning About Africa: Going Back to Sierra Leone

Next Friday I’m heading back in time, so to speak.  That is, I’m going back to Freetown, Sierra Leone, for the first time since I left in 1976 after two years as a Peace Corps Volunteer.  My emotions are very … Continue reading

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Learning About Africa: Naipaul on African Beliefs

Aminatta Forna is one of the most thoughtful writers about Africa that I know. (Check out this splendid essay about a vet in Sierra Leone for a taste.)  And today she’s reviewing VS Naipaul’s latest work of nonfiction, this one … Continue reading

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Learning about Africa: Anthony Bourdain visits Liberia

I enjoy food critic Anthony Bourdain’s television show No Reservations and was eager to see the Liberian episode as it is a country that borders Sierra Leone (where I served as a Peace Corps Volunteer) and so they have a … Continue reading

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