Liberian high school student makes history
By Samuel G. Dweh/freelance journalist (0886618906/0776583266/[email protected])
At the launch of his book, “THE HEART OF A STRANGER IN THE MARKET PLACE”, Abraham Soko Sheriff, born on July 20, 1998, started with his refugee background in Ghana. ”I lived in a ghetto with my parents on the Buduburam refugee camp,” he announced to an audience made up of his siblings, former classmates, former teachers, friends, and other invited guests. The number of guests was less than 70, and majority of the seats empty.
The venue was the Multi-Purpose Hall of the Noah’s Ark High School, Town Hall Community, Barnesville, outside of Monrovia on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.
Most of the Author’s comments were motivational, directed at the young people in the hall.
“If Abraham Sheriff, who had lived in the ghetto, can achieve with publishing a book, you, too, can achieve your respective dreams,” the former Speaker and Vice President of the Student Union Government of the Noah’s Ark High School’s Press Club said.
The former student of the Europa Johnson Foundation Nursery School, in Barnesville, derided Liberians for leaving writing of the ‘Liberian story’ in the hands of foreigners. “How long will we allow foreigners to write our books?”
He said young Liberians have the desire to write, but “the platform has not been created,” he observed.
Speaking earlier, the Guest Speaker, Rev. Robert W. Duo, II, said transmission of one’s imagination into written form is the most difficult task. “By doing this, Abraham Soko Sheriff has crossed the bridge of intellectual barriers,” he said.
He likened human mind to a satellite that collects signals from various places. “Abraham Sheriff’s mind collected signals from the imaginary world, which he documented in his book,” he said.
He compared Liberia with Ghana in terms of regularity of production of books by citizens. “In Ghana on visit, I saw books by Ghanaian writers surplus on the market. The opposite is in Liberia.”
He advised aspiring writers to arrest flying ideas by writing them down on a sheet.
The review of the book was done by Samuel Harmon, in his mid-twenties.
He said the ‘market place’, in the title of the book, means ‘strange place’, and that the plot of the book alludes to colonialism of Africa by foreign imperialists who stormed the ‘foreign place’ to plunder the natural resources of the people. “The story’s characters killed represented African leaders who opposed colonialism, like Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana,” he said.
The author’s teacher at the nursery level at the Europa Johnson Foundation Nursery School said the nineteen-year-old has brought pride to his Alma Mata.
“The definition of Visionary fits Abraham Soko Sheriff,” said Mr. Augustus B. Abayomi-Cole, the author’s Nursery education teacher, who is also the Founder/Principal of the School, said. “Visionary means somebody with strong ideas about how things can be improved.”
He spoke on the topic, “The Visionary and the Vision”
The president of the Liberia Association of Writers (LAW), Samuel G. Dweh, also a one-time refugee in Ghana, encouraged the author to keep writing and challenged other young people in the audience to emulate what the 19-year-old had done with his talent.
“I produced and launched my first novel, The Dyed Star, about our country’s civil war, when I was in high school in Nigeria,” Dweh told the audience. “Now, I have five books to my name.”
Mr. Mark Keshen, senatorial candidate for Montserrado County’s Senatorial By-Election, represented by Journalist Cholo Brooks, former BBC correspondent, pledged printing of 10,000 copies of THE HEART OF A STRANGER IN THE MARKET PLACE.
The major protagonist of the book is Bileyamah, who stands in the way of the ‘stranger’ (Ferton Togba) in collaboration with a foreigners (Misters Johnson and Tennison) who want to control Willedon, the native people’s home (Kingdom)
Little, Tennison succeeds in brainwashing King that that he can develop the Kingdom to be economically and political superior above other Kingdoms. But his plan is to overthrow the King and rule Willidon.
To succeed in their wicked plan, he has to first remove from their path Darnell, who knows have knowledge about his scheme of ruling the land.
Read the rest of author Abraham Soko Sheriff’s details in THE HEART OF A STRANGER IN THE MARKET PLACE.
The book is not stainless in terms of grammatical errors. The author noted that during his speech.
Majority of those who officiated in the launch of THE HEART OF A STRANGER IN THE MARKET PLACE were young people between the ages of 17 and 26.
One of them was Ma Tenneh Sheriff, the author’s biological junior sister, who gave a brief history of the author.
The author is a native of Grand Cape Mount County.