FBC Lecturer Launches Poetry Book


Head of English Unit in the Language Studies Department, Fourah Bay College (FBC), University of Sierra Leone (USL), Mrs. Alberta Lucy Kamara recently launched her debut poetry book at the Physics Theatre, FBC campus.

In his opening remarks, Chairman of the occasion, Senior Lecturer of the Language Studies Department, Mr. Kenneth Osho also heaped praises on Madam Kamara noting that she is a diligent and industrious lecturer who is very firm and discipline.  According to Mr. Osho the poem ‘The Mother’ is the most intriguing one as the use of metaphor remains centre stage. He called on every lecturer to come on board and appealed to the entire Department to put hands on deck in promoting the book.

In his statement, Emeritus Professor of English, erstwhile Principal of FBC and former Pro Vice Chancellor, Prof. Eldred D. Jones said he felt very honoured when he discovered that he was part of the Poet’s inspiration. He commended Mrs. Kamara for her spontaneous, intelligent and witty poems as she was able to describe Ebola in art through intelligence and wit. The learned professor further showered praises on Madam Kamara noting that she has made the sorts of news the public expects from FBC. The book, he furthered, highlights shocks, excitement and the ugly parts of life, adding that Mrs. Kamara is a laureate as her poems are ‘the tying of civility with art’.

Introducing the Poet, another Lecturer in the English Unit, Dr. Momodu Turay also showered praises on the Poet while describing her as someone who is very hardworking and tolerant with a vast knowledge on how to respond to situations. Dr. Turay stated that it was a pleasurable task to introduce such a fine personality.

On his part, the Head of Language Studies Department, Mr. Prince E.A.J. Kenny said the fifty-five poems are experiences of everyday life and that the Poet considers nature and its effect. According to him, the use of imagery and other devices is very strong in her collection of poems. He therefore commended Mrs. Kamara for achieving what she now has as ‘DISTILLED.’

Officially launching the book, Prof. Miriam Conteh-Morgan stated that the poems are womb nostalgic and easy-to-read collection of poems. She furthered that the poems are approachable, fully packed with a lot of pertinent literary devices and resonates with all the human emotions.

She disclosed that the general price for a copy of the book, which is available in various bookshops, is Le 60,000, but students can have it for Le 50,000 as long as they produce their ID cards.

In a snap interview with The Exclusive shortly after the launching, Madam Kamara said she titled her book ‘Distilled’ as, according to her, the collection of fifty-five poems will evaporate far and wide. She disclosed that the book resonates with all facts in life, stressing that in her collection of poems, she was able to capture her love for FBC, the Ebola scourge, armed robbery, death and the fragile position of women in society. She concluded that she hoped to see her book being read everywhere as, she puts it, “poetry is about everyday occurrences.” She did not mince her words when she stated that her passion for poetry is contagious.