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The Price and Other Short Stories from Sierra Leone

The Price and Other Short Stories from Sierra Leone

The Price and Other Short Stories from Sierra Leone is the first anthology of short stories to be published by SLWS. The genres and themes of the stories in this anthology are wide ranging and entertaining and capture the diversity of Sierra Leone as well as the contexts and experiences of the authors. The lead story, The Price, by Oumar Farouk Sesay reflects on formal university education and the political and moral decadence of the story?s setting. On the day of her graduation, the protagonist wonders whether her university education could be equated to everything she had put herself through: ?the degree certificate I was now holding was not only a certificate of academic achievement, but also a certificate of isolation. It was equivalent to the number of teachers, lecturers and businessmen I had gone to bed with to acquire it. It was also equivalent to the years of detachment and years of sojourn in a make- believe world?? In her pursuit of western education, she had revolted against one fabric of her cultural tradition (the Bondo Society) through the help of ?the reformists? in her village, consequently severing links with her parentage and her root! Beyond this story?s thematic relevance is the author?s craft in transforming the lead character from an outcast into a leader: someone who is admired and adored, but who at the same time recognises her personal failings and those of her society and ends up inspiring a revolution against its leaders. As Sierra Leone attains 50 years of Independence, the publication of this story with a pertinent moral lesson for educationists and politicians alike, cannot be overemphasised.

 

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