Gomna’s Children is a historical novel on Sierra Leone. Following the Hut Tax War of 1898, the hinterland of Sierra Leone was consolidated as the Protectorate of Sierra Leone. The colonial rule thus imposed, posed many challenges to the people who now had to answer to a foreign authority. It also offered many opportunities. While many people remained hostile to and suspicious of the white man’s ways, some undertook to experiment with the new dispensation. One chief experimented with the new dispensation by sending two of his children to school.
Gomna’s children is the story of this family. The protagonist’s education and his military service overseas combine to transform him into a person who no longer easily fits in traditional society. After his retirement he finds himself in constant collision with his people. He develops political ambitions that are thwarted until he ‘sees the light’. He eventually reconciles with his people and becomes an agent of change for his community. He dies a happy man, mourned and honored by his people.
Through this family saga the country’s history unfolds, from the Hut Tax War to Independence.