19-year-old Author Abraham Soko Sheriff poses with his book at the launch program.Liberian high school student makes historyBy Samuel G. Dweh/freelance journalist (0886618906/0776583266/[email protected])At the launch of his book, “THE HEART OF A STRANGER IN THE MARKET PLACE”, Abraham Soko Sheriff, born on July 20, 1998, started with his refugee background in Ghana. ”I lived in a ghetto with my parents on the Buduburam refugee camp,” he announced to an audience made up of his siblings, former classmates, former teachers, friends, and other invited guests. The number of guests was less than 70, and majority of the seats empty.The venue was the Multi-Purpose Hall of the Noah’s Ark High School, Town Hall Community, Barnesville, outside of Monrovia on Wednesday, June 13, 2018.Most of the Author’s comments were motivational, directed at the young people in the hall.“If Abraham Sheriff, who had lived in the ghetto, can achieve with publishing a book, you, too, can achieve your respective dreams,” the former Speaker and Vice President of the Student Union Government of the Noah’s Ark High School’s Press Club said.The former student of the Europa Johnson Foundation Nursery School, in Barnesville, derided Liberians for leaving writing of the ‘Liberian story’ in the hands of foreigners. “How long will we allow foreigners to write our books?”He said young Liberians have the desire to write, but “the platform has not been created,” he observed.Speaking earlier, the Guest Speaker, Rev. Robert W. Duo, II, said transmission of one’s imagination into written form is the most difficult task. “By doing this, Abraham Soko Sheriff has crossed the bridge of intellectual barriers,” he said.He likened human mind to a satellite that collects signals from various places. “Abraham Sheriff’s mind collected signals from the imaginary world, which he documented in his book,” he said.He compared Liberia with Ghana in terms of regularity of production of books by citizens. “In Ghana on visit, I saw books by Ghanaian writers surplus on the market. The opposite is in Liberia.”He advised aspiring writers to arrest flying ideas by writing them down on a sheet.The review of the book was done by Samuel Harmon, in his mid-twenties.He said the ‘market place’, in the title of the book, means ‘strange place’, and that the plot of the book alludes to colonialism of Africa by foreign imperialists who stormed the ‘foreign place’ to plunder the natural resources of the people. “The story’s characters killed represented African leaders who opposed colonialism, like Kwame Nkrumah of Ghana,” he said.The author’s teacher at the nursery level at the Europa Johnson Foundation Nursery School said the nineteen-year-old has brought pride to his Alma Mata.“The definition of Visionary fits Abraham Soko Sheriff,” said Mr. Augustus B. Abayomi-Cole, the author’s Nursery education teacher, who is also the Founder/Principal of the School, said. “Visionary means somebody with strong ideas about how things can be improved.”He spoke on the topic, “The Visionary and the Vision”The president of the Liberia Association of Writers (LAW), Samuel G. Dweh, also a one-time refugee in Ghana, encouraged the author to keep writing and challenged other young people in the audience to emulate what the 19-year-old had done with his talent.“I produced and launched my first novel, The Dyed Star, about our country’s civil war, when I was in high school in Nigeria,” Dweh told the audience. “Now, I have five books to my name.”Mr. Mark Keshen, senatorial candidate for Montserrado County’s Senatorial By-Election, represented by Journalist Cholo Brooks, former BBC correspondent, pledged printing of 10,000 copies of THE HEART OF A STRANGER IN THE MARKET PLACE.The major protagonist of the book is Bileyamah, who stands in the way of the ‘stranger’ (Ferton Togba) in collaboration with a foreigners (Misters Johnson and Tennison) who want to control Willedon, the native people’s home (Kingdom)Little, Tennison succeeds in brainwashing King that that he can develop the Kingdom to be economically and political superior above other Kingdoms. But his plan is to overthrow the King and rule Willidon.To succeed in their wicked plan, he has to first remove from their path Darnell, who knows have knowledge about his scheme of ruling the land.Read the rest of author Abraham Soko Sheriff’s details in THE HEART OF A STRANGER IN THE MARKET PLACE.The book is not stainless in terms of grammatical errors. The author noted that during his speech.Majority of those who officiated in the launch of THE HEART OF A STRANGER IN THE MARKET PLACE were young people between the ages of 17 and 26.One of them was Ma Tenneh Sheriff, the author’s biological junior sister, who gave a brief history of the author.The author is a native of Grand Cape Mount County.Share this:Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)
Screams of joy erupted in Justice Navindra Singh’s courtroom on Monday afternoon when Morris Prince was freed of the murder of O’ Riley Small, who was killed execution-style as he was about to open the gate to his Smyth Street, Werk-en-Rust, Georgetown residence on March 16, 2016.The former defendant declined to speak with reporters after being freed as he was in the midst of embraces from emotional relatives. Moments prior, the jury returned with the unanimous not guilty verdict after nearly three hours of deliberations at the High Court. At one point, the court’s marshal ordered silence when some of the relatives screamed out as the verdict was announced by the jury’s forewoman.Prince was represented by Attorney Mark Waldron, who disputed the Prosecution’s evidence which was led in part by ex-Police Corporal Derwayne Eastman, who said he saw Prince crouched over at the crime scene with a reportedly unlicensed firearm. The discharged rank had also told the court that when revisited the scene to see if Prince was still there; he had left. Corporal Eastman had also testified that he along with other ranks later went to the Rio Night Club where Prince was contacted and was later taken into custody.Morris Prince, in the white shirt, embraced his loved ones after being unanimously freed of murderIt was also stated during the trial that a search of Prince’s car unearthed a hoodie with a marijuana leaf – similar to what the dead man’s sister, Charlene Forde, claimed she saw when the gunman fled the scene. During her testimony, Forde stated that she was about to open the door on that fateful night when she heard rapid gunshots only to discover her brother lying in blood. She testified that it was one day before her birthday.Police Inspector Eon Jackson, a ballistics expert, outlined that he examined ten .40 spent shells and two .40 bullets which were handed over to him by Corporal Radcliff. Jackson reasoned that the weapon used was either a .40 pistol or a 10mm pistol.Police Corporal Radcliff had testified earlier in the trial that gunshot residue was found when he tested Prince while he was in custody but the Defence had argued that a Police Station would have been contaminated by such a material.State Counsels Tuanna Hardy, Abigail Gibbs and Teriq Mohammed prosecuted the case.
Arsenal legend Frank McLintock has told Arsene Wenger he must sign another top class striker if Olivier Giroud is ruled out long-term.Wenger fears Giroud will be missing until the New Year with an ankle injury and, according to McLintock, there is no one in the current squad who can replace the Frenchman.Yaya Sanogo is the only other recognised striker, while Theo Walcott, Lukas Podolski and Alexis Sanchez have been used in central roles before, but McLintock insists none of those players have the necessary qualities to fill in for Giroud.“He [Wenger] badly needs another top class striker,” said McLintock, speaking on the Alan Brazil Sports Breakfast.“Sanogo, he is quite sprightly and works very hard, but technically he is way behind being a player that can play for one of the teams in the top four.“When you look at Man City and one or two of the other clubs up there they are way ahead of us as far as centre forward positions [are concerned].“I know he has mentioned Podolski playing there and Walcott playing there and occasionally they can play there, but not if a player like Giroud is out for two or three months.“When you are running form the wide positions there is room and you can see everything in front of you but when you move to a centre forward role, with your back to goal against tight defences, I don’t think it works very often at all.“A guy who scores you 25 goals a season often wins you a championship, and I don’t think we have got that.”Arsenal have been linked with a move for Manchester United forward Danny Welbeck, and McLintock believes he would be a positive signing.“I think he would be a good addition,” he added.“He is still a young lad, he has had a lot of experience playing for Man United and he would give us a definite option, because last year Giroud was running himself into the ground.“There were some games where he was very tired and we had no one really to step into that position.”