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1 AUTHORS WITH SIERRA LEONE HERITAGE on Mon Nov 03, 2014 9:28 am


Prof. Joe A. D. Alie

Joe A. D. Alie is Associate Professor and Head of the Department of History and African Studies at the University of Sierra Leone (Fourah Bay College Campus). He was born in Moyamba. He holds the BA Hons and MA degrees in Modern History from the University of Sierra Leone and a PhD in African History and Certificate in African Studies from the University of Wisconsin-Madison (in the USA). Professor Alie studied Education at Milton Margai Teachers College (now Milton Margai College of Education and Technology) and taught in various schools in Sierra Leone. His published textbooks include: A New History of Sierra Leone, Sierra Leone Junior Secondary Social Studies/Population Education I-III, and A Concise Guide to Writing College and Research Papers.

Dr. Ebenezer Sylvester Olounfeh ‘Solo’ Collier

Dr. Ebenezer Sylvester Olounfeh ‘Solo’ Collier was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone. He obtained a B.Sc. in Pure Science in 1977 and a Post-Graduate Diploma in Education (Dip. Ed.) in 1978 from Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. He taught chemistry and biology in secondary schools in Sierra Leone from 1978 to 1984 before proceeding to England for graduate studies where he obtained in 1985 an M.Ed. in Curriculum Studies (M.Ed.) from the University of Birmingham, England. He then moved over to the United States where he currently resides. In 1999, he obtained another M.A. in Educational Technology Leadership from George Washington University in Washington, DC. In 2008, he completed his Ed.D in Educational Administration and Policies at Howard University, Washington, DC. This book is based on his research studies in Sierra Leone for his doctoral dissertation. He is currently an Online Science Instructor in the District of Columbia Public School System in the United States where he has taught for 19 years.

Sqn Ldr. Winston Forde

Squadron Leader Winston Forde RAF Ret'd was born in Freetown, Sierra Leone. He was educated at the Prince of Wales School, and later trained as a Flight Cadet at the Royal Air Force College, Cranwell, and was commissioned on 18 Dec 62 as a pilot officer in the Admin (Sec) Branch. He retired from Regular service in 1994, and as a Squadron Leader in the RAF Reserve worked with cadets of the Air Training Corps as the Wing Executive Officer Headquarters Surrey Wing ATC until February 2010. He is the Author of six books, Air Force Cadet, The Runaway, Airborne Soldiers, Reflections on our Independence, The Story of Mining in Sierra Leone, From Aden to Bliss,    Layila, Kakatua wan bi Lida - a short play in Krio, and has published several articles.

Gbanabom Hallowell

Already established as a poet in Sierra Leone, Gbanabom Hallowell has branched into the genre of storytelling. Author of four volumes of poetry, including MANSCAPE IN THE SIERRA: NEW AND COLLECTED POEMS 1991-2011 and most recently, A LITTLE AFTER DAWN. A journalist, lecturer and almunus of The Milton Margai College, Union Institute & University, and Harvard University, Hallowell is also the author of. TEARS OF THE SWEET PENINSULA: MAY 25, 1997 AND THE SIERRA LEONE CIVIL CONFLICT.
In 'From Aden to Bliss' he has attempted to conquer various African cultural taboos using his own personal experience, and seems to cater more for the older reader this time!

Lucilda Hunter


Lucilda Hunter was born and grew up in Freetown, Sierra Leone.  She had her secondary education at the Annie Walsh Memorial School in Freetown, and finished her studies in the United Kingdom, qualifying as a graduate librarian. She later specialised  in medical librarianship and information for health workers, obtaining an MPhil in that subject area from Loughborough University in the United Kingdom . For many years she was employed by the Ministry of Health as the librarian at the Connaught Hospital in Freetown before leaving to head the Library and Health Information Services at the Regional Office for Africa of the World Health Organization in Congo, Brazzaville. She took early retirement in 1999 and that same year was made a Fellow of the British Library Association, since renamed: The Chartered Institute of Library and Information Professionals. She now lives with her husband in Accra, Ghana.

Writing as Yema Lucilda Hunter, she is the author of four novels relating to Sierra Leone, and Freetown in particular: Road to Freedom ( African Universities Press, Ibadan, Nigeria),  Bittersweet (Macmillan, UK), Redemption Song (SLWS, 2006), and Joy Came in the Morning (SLWS, 2013).

Lucilda Hunter is also the author of a self-published biography - An African treasure: in search of Gladys Casely-Hayford, as a result of which she was invited to write the article on Gladys Casely-Hayford which appears in the Dictionary of African Biography (Oxford University Press).

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