February 27, 2013
Nvasekie Konneh Launches his Book, “The Land of My Father’s Birth.”
A prolific Liberian writer and community activist based in the US, Nvasekie Konneh, has launched a book on the Liberian civil war, and titled, “The Land of My Father’s Birth.” The book was launched on Saturday, February 23, 2013 in Essington, a suburb of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania.
Prominent Liberians in the Diaspora as well as those from “home” Liberia graced the occasion. Among those in attendance were Mr. Sekou Korleh, Director of Governmental and International Affairs, National Port Authority, who proxy for the chief patron of the event, Hon. Musa Bility, Chairman of the board of Directors of the Robert International Airport and president of the Liberian Football Association; Hon. Ansumana Kromah, member of the National Election Commission of the Republic of Liberia, Sekou Sanoe, Deputy Comptroller, Ministry of Finance, Republic of Liberia and Mohammed Kromah, Administrative Manager, Liberia Water and Sewer Corporation. The Liberian Association of Pennsylvania was represented by its president Hon. Dahn Dennis as well as Millennium Men of Liberia led by its general coordinator, Mr. Robert Wesley and board chairman Mr. Mohammed Keita of New York. Other community organizations present were FELMUSA, represented by its president Mohammed Bility, LIMANY represented president Abraham Turay, and LIMAP represented by president, Talata Sheriff as well as Richmond M. Konneh, former president of FELMUSA, and the Liberian Mandingo community of Minnesota was represented by Sekou Kanneh, popularly known as the Opinion Leader. The elder brother of the author, Mr. Bangalie Konneh who was thankful to the community for their overwhelming support said this “this is a dream come through for my brother.”
As the chief patron of the event, Hon. Musa Bility flew from Liberia to grace the occasion but was unfortunately stranded in New York as a result of flight delay. After delaying the start of the program for several hours awaiting the arrival of the chief patron, the program began with Sekou Korleh, president of the National Mandingo Caucus of Liberia deputizing for Mr. Bility. Mr. Korleh who energized the lively audience with a wonderful parable stated, “we built mansions that have more than eight or ten bed rooms but yet, we sleep only in one of those rooms.” The logic of the building of mansion theory applied to the book ” The Land of My Father’s Birth” He urged the audience to buy as many copies as they can and distribute them as gifts to friends and relatives. Upon that beautiful layout of his strategy, which worked so perfectly, Mr. Korleh announced to the audience that with the approval of the chief launcher, Hon. Bility, he would purchase a total of 1000 copies of the book to be given to schools in Liberia. This momentous announcement brought the audience to wide cheers. The efforts of Mr. Korleh, which mobilized the audience, made the program a great success.
Speaking during the launching, the author, Nvasekie Konneh said he was motivated to tell the stories of his experience in the Liberian civil war because he believes that “those of us who experienced the war must write so that our children who are born in America and Europe will understand where their parents come from.” He said it’s important that “we write so that our analyses of the war in writing can serve as lesson for future generation of Liberians and Africans.” The writer who is widely popular in Liberia as well as in the Liberian Diaspora thanked friends and relatives as well as admirers who came from as far as Atlanta, Georgia as well as New York, New Jersey, Virginia and Maryland for their show of supports. “For all of you who have come from far and near to grace this occasion, you have shown that our efforts on behalf of our community over the years have not gone in vain.” Speaking of the unfortunate delay of the chief patron, the author said, “Our friend and brother Musa Bility did everything within his power to be here but unfortunately he could not make it. The fact that Musa came straight from Liberia to be part of this program speaks volumes of his commitment to the advancement and progress in our community.”
The overall plan and strategies outlined for the program were impressively executed beyond the expectation of the launching committee, which worked so hard to ensure success for the program. To the launching committee, the author said, “I could not have done this on my own without the energetic supports of all those that worked with me to make this program a success. Among those who worked tirelessly for the success of the program were King Mohammed and Jallah Kanneh especially through the used of social media; Musa Willie who set up the Facebook page to promote the event as well as Kalifala Dozno who mobilized many people from Virginia and Maryland. All in all, it was a great program executed with great team spirit. Others who worked in other capacities were Kalipha Donzo who prepared and mailed the flyers as well as Abu Sackor, who used the community list serve to inform and mobilize the community. Even our old men and women who can’t read came to the program and bought some copies hoping their children will read and tell them the stories. Throughout the time there was a sense of euphoria in the audience for the book and the efforts of the author who many believe have worked so hard for the community.
Other events relating to the continuous promotion of the book will continue in the coming days and months.
Member, launching committee