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Reverend Fayiah Awonah Kabakole
First Kissi Radio Announcer at ELWA
Liberia- West Africa.
TITLE OF WORK
"MY SPIRITUAL JOURNEY
Fayiah A. Kabakole is one of the prominent Kissi men I have known over the
years. His dynamic work as director of the Kissi programs and as announcer at
ELWA Radio in Monrovia, Liberia in the good old days demonstrated his
competence and shrewd eloquence. This helped to propagate the Kissi image in
the civil war in Liberia, Mr. Kabakole’s voice at ELWA Radio invited old and
young people of all walks of life in the Kissi chiefdoms in Liberia, Sierra
Leone, Guinea, and beyond. They anxiously sat near a radio, enjoying the
evening zephyrs, as they listened to this marvelous Kissi radio announcer,
Fayia Kabaa, as he was popularly known in those days.
his listeners benefited immensely from his lectures on Christian principles,
Kissi culture, and the ebullient stories he narrated. Even the Kissi farmers
and other laborers after working all day long; hurried
home at dusk to their towns and villages to listen to Fayia Kabaa. With his
bell-like resonant voice, he fed his listeners good Christian principles and
the virtues of life. He narrated thought-provoking stories that lulled the
tastes of his listeners. All of his stories ended in idiomatic Kissi
expressions which were also colored with strange jargon for his listeners to
in his absence from Kissi land, all good memories of such traditional Kissi
storytelling, jargon, and virtues of good Christian living still revisit the
Kissi and other listeners of old, and those who have returned to their war-torn
towns and villages in Liberia and Sierra Leone after the blood-curdling carnage
that ravaged the two countries in the 1980s and 1990s.
Mr. Kabakole lives with his family in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania/USA where he
immigrated at the peak of the hostilities in Liberia.
was indeed a privilege that I was able to give a helping hand to this great
project, “MY SPIRITUAL JOURNEY IN WAR-TORN LIBERIA,” through the auspices of
the Makona Book Club, Inc. It is a gift to a man who first loved his kinsmen -the
– Kissi, and in return, we love him too.
Mr. Kabakole! May there be many more stories to come.
Michael Fayia Kallon, Author/Founder,
Makona Book Club, Inc
PURCHASE A COPY?
Wasteland Press: USA - ( 502 – 437 – 0860)
(001 – 502 – 437 – 0860)
Give them the ISBN number -
( ISBN NUMBER: 978-1-60047-766-9)
Shelbyville, KY USA
Copyright © 2011 Reverend Fayiah Awonah Kabakole
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
First Printing – August 2012
Price - $12.00