What Life Has Taught Me: The Political Career of Dr. Siaka P. Stevens and Nation Building:A Republication of the Autobiography (Republication of the autobiography of Dr. Siaka P. Stevens Book 1) Francis Stevens George

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Published: May 28th 2014

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What Life Has Taught Me: The Political Career of Dr. Siaka P. Stevens and Nation Building:A Republication of the Autobiography (Republication of the autobiography of Dr. Siaka P. Stevens Book 1)  by  Francis Stevens George

What Life Has Taught Me: The Political Career of Dr. Siaka P. Stevens and Nation Building:A Republication of the Autobiography (Republication of the autobiography of Dr. Siaka P. Stevens Book 1) by Francis Stevens George
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Dr.Siaka Probyn Stevens was the third Prime Minister of Sierra Leone from 1967 to 1971 and the first Executive president of Sierra Leone from 1971 to 1986. Siaka Stevens died on May 29, 1988. May His Soul continue to rest in peace.In 1985, one yearMoreDr.Siaka Probyn Stevens was the third Prime Minister of Sierra Leone from 1967 to 1971 and the first Executive president of Sierra Leone from 1971 to 1986. Siaka Stevens died on May 29, 1988. May His Soul continue to rest in peace.In 1985, one year before he retired from office, Dr. Siaka Probyn Stevens published his Autobiography- What Life Has Taught Me’.

What Life Has Taught Me is in part a political history of Sierra Leone and in part the story of a self-made man. This is a republication of the autobiography of my grandfather. This republication is in two parts. Part I covers the political career of Dr. Stevens and his role in shaping the political landscape of modern Sierra Leone. Part II covers his early childhood, growing up, education, surviving the depression, and his first job. Part 2 will be published on August 24 2014, marking his 109 birthday. Part 1 will be published on May 29 2014 to commemorate the passing away of Dr.

Stevens on May 29 1988.Dr. Siaka Probyn Stevens continues to influence the politics of Sierra Leone and the lives of Sierra Leoneans. He is part of the history of Sierra Leone.Dr. Siaka P. Stevens was a pioneer in many ways- (in 1964) he was both leader of the Opposition and Mayor of Freetown simultaneously, a feat yet unparalleled and unprecedented in the political history of Sierra Leone- the first Opposition Leader in Africa to lead his Party to Government through the ballot box- the second African President (after Late Julius Nyrere) ever to relinquish power voluntarily- first voices in what became a chorus of protests in Africa over the lending policies of the International Monetary Fund.

Subsequent global condemnation of this policy validates Dr. Stevens stand and re-echoes his vision.There is much in these pages to interest anyone — thoughts about the temptations of corruption, views on ideologies, and free speech. Siaka Stevens talks about his supporters and his opponents. He remembers the first Prime Minister, Sir Milton Margai, with reverence and respect — even when he reflects on his imprisonment during that period.Perhaps most revealing of Stevens (and especially interesting to scholars for its new information and perspectives) is his assessment of the military, attempts on his life, coups he tried to forestall by gentle warnings to potential perpetrators, those that were attempted and failed, as well as the one that succeeded in 1967.Stevens brings this period vividly to life and in the process poses difficult questions about how one controls a military bent on intervention in political affairs.

Siaka Stevens has been more successful than many political leaders in this regard and as such his thoughts, concerns, and actions are particularly important. This book is important in addition because it reveals much more than the life of Siaka Stevens. It is also about the process of development, decolonization, and the dynamics of nation building.



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