The Make Sierra Leone Famous podcast “The Gilded One: From Sierra Leone to America Fantasy and Feminism” is out now. Host Vickie Remoe chats with Namina Forna, author of the New York Times bestsellers “The Gilded Ones” and the “Merciless Ones”.
In this conversation, she discusses representation in fantasy books, girls’ rites of passage, books as escapism, and growing up in Sierra Leone.
“One thing I really try to do is to get people to question their point of view and their biases, and whatever expectations they bring to the table. One of the difficult moments for human beings is to question what they know to be true, because if you have to question what you know to be true then you have to question everything.”
Namina further speaks about the inspiration for her book “The Gilded Ones.”
“The Gilded Ones” was like growing up, you ask all these questions about what it means to be a woman, especially in the context of society and religion and all these things.”
A radio broadcast with Namina Fornah on #MakeSierraLeoneFamous goes out on Wednesday at 11:00 GMT on Radio Democracy 98.1. Online the podcast is available on Itunes, Spotify, Audiomack, Anchor, and Google Podcast.
Last week’s show featured Director Spartar. Next week Remoe chats with Alhaji Ahmad Siraj Bah.
The podcast is made possible thanks to support from brand partners like the US-based air freight company DotBleu which ships packages to Sierra Leone from Washington DC; the DollHouse Boutique a household name for American fashion with stores in Baltimore and Los Angeles, and the Asmaa James Foundation, a nonprofit organization that supports girls and women to improve their livelihoods.