PODCAST: Aminatta Forna Speaker Series Event

PODCAST: Aminatta Forna Speaker Series Event

Special Feature: On January 26, 2011, The International Museum of Women, in association with the World Affairs Council of Northern California, hosted Aminatta Forna in a conversation with Clare Winterton, IMOW's Executive Director, as part of its Extraordinary Voices, Extraordinary Change Speaker Series. Forna latest novel, The Memory of Love, depicts a deeply hopeful and universal story about love and human resilience. Forna discussed the importance of telling untold stories, talked about what inspires her as a woman writer, and described her experience as a dual citizen of both the United Kingdom and Sierra Leone. The tortuous events of Sierra Leone's history have dominated Forna's writing. She is the daughter of a former Sierra Leonean cabinet minister and dissident, murdered by the state in 1975. In 2003, Forna helped build a primary school in her family's village of Rogbonko. Forna is a trustee of the Royal Literary Fund, sits on the advisory committee of the Caine Prize for African Writing and is a member of the International Museum of Women's Global Council.

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As a family friend during the family's exile in Aberdeen, I am so pleased and proud of Aminatta Forna's achievements and vindication of her father's name through her writing and celebrity in the subsequent years.

Rex Thorsson former family friend and associate British Council member.

A daughter of Sa Lone that we are all proud of, a role model to women of Sa Lone and indeed Africa that should be emulated by all women (and indeed men) of Africa, in their own ways; a writer, broadcaster and journalist comments on her novel "The memory of Love". Truly extraordinary. Being a musician, I appreciate and admire creativity and drive to share you talent and messages. Please continue to inspire the women of Adrica and indeed Sa Lone.