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In Search of Sons

In Search of Sons

About the book

In this book, J. Sorie Conteh tells the universal story of the preference many societies/cultures in Africa have for more sons in the family than girls. The story is set in the author?s country, Sierra Leone, and tells the harrowing experience of a mother who tries to fulfil her husband?s desire for more sons. She becomes pregnant but eventually dies in labour in search of sons.


About the author


J. Sorie Conteh was born in Sierra Leone. He received a B.A. from the University of Rochester, NY, and a Ph.D. in Anthropology & African Studies from Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana. He was a Research Fellow in the Department of African Studies at Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone and the Afrika-Studiecentrum in Leiden, the Netherlands. He was a Political Affairs Officer at the Permanent Observer Mission of the Organisation of African Unity to the United Nations in New York. Dr. Conteh has published several short stories and articles. His writings cover topics and concerns on the effects of diamond mining in Sierra Leone, female circumcision, secret societies, African culture, and democracy in Africa. Dr. Conteh was later Political Affairs Officer at the United Nations Iraq Kuwait Mission and also at the United Nations Mission in Eritrea and Ethiopia.

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