A Visit to Dubai Expo 2020
Squadron Leader Winston Forde RAF Ret’d visited the Sierra Leone Pavilion at Dubai Expo 2020 on Saturday 11th December 2021 together with his wife Gloria, their resident daughter Jacqueline Shannon and her children Niamh and Aidan where they received a friendly welcome from Joseph. We found a country display that is well presented and gives a balanced account of our history, our culture and traditions, our natural resources and our beginnings for the future.
There was a steady flow of visitors to the Pavilion and it was pleasing to see the favourable reactions as people toured the displays. Quite frankly I was not surprised, as they were being treated to a well-constructed display with an interesting tale to tell. One could see why anyone would wish to visit and also invest in such a beautiful and intriguing country. As an aside, I thought our First Lady was given her rightful place in this as a serious contributor to matters presented. Well Done, Sierra Leone I say, and to all those who put it together. Above all, we are one of a few countries that provide some invaluable brochures and pamphlets for visitors to take away with them; Great Idea!
It was notable that Education is given a prominent place in our Story and tribute must be paid to the progress being made in that vital aspect of our Nation. Although this was not a Book Fair, it captured my interest as one of the published writers of our country and the proprietor of the WLTF Literary Agency promoting and encouraging writers of our country, editing their work and assisting with publication. The Written Word continues to advance in Sierra Leone and we look forward to the days when books written by our authors will be more widely read and used in our schools. That must surely be our goal in the spirit of Dubai Expo 2020.
Some of the recent Titles I have written or promoted include: Poems by our Young written by four of our young writers; Fugitive Boy by Winston Forde, a story set in Sierra Leone; My Life by the late Mike Forde my father who wrote it when he was aged 80 in 1980 and has been enhanced and published by me on my 80th birthday and Letters from Nigeria by Elizabeth Deeks who first visited our country in 1965 on her way to serving in Nigeria as a CMS Teacher all her life. Finally, I must mention our two latest books that are about to be published in time for Christmas to be available on Amazon Books world-wide: The Inheritance Dilemma by Santos A. Conteh and Raised by a Village written by Imodale Caulker-Burnett.
Please visit http://www.winstonfordebooks.com for additional information.
By Winston Forde
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