Lassana Bamba, Crystal, Minn. – In an attempt to explore views of people who are aware of the war that devastated the human capacity of Liberia, many would tell you that the nearly 15-year-old war was a setback for school-going children.
In spite of the fact that schools were not in section at the time, many Liberians who escaped the war did not sit with hands folded as refugees, some got involved with ventures that transformed their lives forever.
To the contrary, one of many Liberians who did not experience the carnage, but continue to positively contribute to his home country is, Vamba Sherif, an up-coming Liberian star in Europe. The Kolahun native who saw the light of life for the first time in 1973, completed his secondary education in Kuwait at a very young age.
Information retrieved from Vamba Sherif, disclosed that, the first Gulf War compelled him to leave Kuwait and settled in Damascus, Syria. His quest to further pursue quality education landed him in the Netherlands, where he studied law.
As a journalist and film critic, Vamba’s passion for the collection of rare African books, music of every kind and film is diverse. His books include: The Land of The Fathers, The Kingdom of Sebah, The Witness and The Black Napoleon.
Vamba Sheriff is currently working on his latest book, Bound to Secrecy. According to Manfred Loimeir, Mannheimer Morgen, Germany, “Sherif’s novel is written in a concise, accurate and relentless language…. The writer plays confidently with the classics of world literature.”
The book which will be published in paperback or B-format by tomorrow, April 23, 2015, will be sold for £8.99. Bound to Secrecy is chronicled in a way that explores village politics, crime, power, love and a mixture of modern life and ancient cultures. Below is an excerpt:
William Mawolo arrives in a small remote Liberian border town with a clandestine mission: to investigate the mysterious disappearance of the paramount chief Tetese. The locals, however, are far from happy about his presence, and their hostility is increasing daily, threatening to boil over. At the same time, Mawolo is drawn to the departed chief’s daughter, Makemeh, who for some reason doesn’t seem to be too concerned about her missing father.
Intrigued, he decides to stay longer than required – and even attempts to take charge of the town. Little by little, driven by circumstances of his own making, he starts to behave like the despotic man whose disappearance he came to investigate. His desire to uncover the town’s dark secrets leads to contradictory revelations and puts him in danger.
Bound to Secrecy is an exploration of power and the fear it generates; and of love in all its magical, addictive forms. A rich mix of African tradition, classic crime fiction and the supernatural, Bound to Secrecy is a captivating account of the complexities of Liberian society and the inevitable clash between modern life and ancient cultures. Acclaimed author Vamba Sherif brilliantly guides us through these complexities – but some mysteries remain…
If successfully launched at Russell Square in College Buildings, Room 116, University of London, at 8:00 pm on May 5, 2015, Bound to Secrecy is expected to be sold out like a hot cake.
Dirk Bade, Deutsche Welle, Germany summarized the book in these words, “He succeeds in letting an African detective fail in an African way. And both the story and the failure are grandiose”