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6 For A Dozen: Stories From Liberia

by: D. Othniel Forte, Josephine Barnes (Illustrator),

The telling of stories is a tradition in itself within the Liberian community. It is a skill, one reserved for a special class of people, storytellers. It is a culture within a culture. In many tribes, only trained people or the elderly told stories for educating or entertaining purposes. Anyone can tell a story, but only few can tell it well. This book follows in that regard. The stories range from personal to traditional and folklore. Within each story, the author embeds local customs, traditions and belief systems of various Liberian tribes. Readers will identify with characters on many levels because of the realness of their situations. 6 For A Dozen is a collection of stories from Liberia. It is an important addition to the growing body of Liberian literature written by Liberian authors.

Meet the Author
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The author is an Educator and International Speaker. He holds an Masters in Public Administration from the University of the Philippines Diliman. His other specializations cut across several academic disciplines in the Social Sciences. Apart from academic work, he has a passion for writing which leads him on a fascinating journey. He has written many short stories and poems. He has intense interest in Literature and History, specially Liberian Folklore and History. He is an active social commentator. He runs several social blogs. He is the head of the recently established Liberian Think Tank- Think Liberia. They are currently undertaking a project to create the largest free online Liberian database. Currently, he is resides in Asia, with his family.

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Josephine Vida Barnes (JOVIBA) was born in Cape Palmas, Liberia, West Africa. She grew up in New Rochelle, NY and studied art at Mt. Ida College in Newton, MA; Providence College in Providence, RI and The Art Students League in New York City, NY. In the mid-1970’s she worked at the Elma Lewis School of Fine Arts and the National Center for Afro-American Artists in Boston, MA.

She has recently retired after numerous years working in the public and private sectors while continuing to create her art privately and as a freelancer. Retirement has now allowed her to devote all of her focus on what she loves most.

Her artwork is inspired by the visions, memories, and stories of her birthplace. Her work is also a tribute to the colorful souls, spirits, and images of the African woman. These women whose roles as mothers, sisters, friends, nurturers, care givers, and market women are captured in her work as they go about their everyday life. The music and songs of Africa provide the background for her inspiration. When painting and drawing she listens to the music of her favorite African musicians, Fela Kuti, Brenda Fassie, Prince Nico, Angelique Kidjo, Hugh Masekela, The Mathotella Queens and others. Fela’s song “LADY” is the most inspirational –“If you call am woman, African woman, no go gree. She go say, she go say, I, be lady, oh.”

JOVIBA uses mixed media when creating her work and not only includes watercolor, pastels, charcoal, pen and ink but other products and techniques to develop texture in some of her work. She continues to experiment with different medium and considers her new journey as a work in progress.[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]
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The telling of stories is a tradition in itself within the Liberian community. It is a skill, one reserved for a special class of people, storytellers. It is a culture within a culture. In many tribes, only trained people or the elderly told stories for educating or entertaining purposes. Anyone can tell a story, but only few can tell it well. This book follows in that regard. The stories range from personal to traditional and folklore. Within each story, the author embeds local customs, traditions and belief systems of various Liberian tribes. Readers will identify with characters on many levels because of the realness of their situations. 6 For A Dozen is a collection of stories from Liberia. It is an important addition to the growing body of Liberian literature written by Liberian authors.

Details

ISBN: 978-1508919568
Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing
Publish Date: 2015
Page Count: 94

“6 For A Dozen: Stories From Liberia”

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