Liberia: 1989. The country is on the brink of civil war, poverty overwhelms the cities and villages, and uncertainty is everywhere. SUNUMA (which means, “on the dump-pile”) tells the story of a young boy growing up in the midst of war-torn Liberia. At only 3-months old, little Boikai is found discarded on a dump-pile by an older woman who takes him back to her already crowded home. The stakes for survival are high and he quickly develops the courage, wit, and faith to fend for himself against hunger, abuses, and vicious rebel thugs. Despite all his hardship, Roland recognizes the good things in life: the camaraderie of a boys’ club, good books, music, and the smile of a pretty girl.
A moving story of tenacity and redemption, this first book of a planned trilogy shows that through persistence, courage, and faith anything can be accomplished. It details Roland Kemokai’s journey from a dump-pile baby to the inspirational guide he is today.
"...Never Ever Give-up on You! No matter what the cynics have said about your future, no matter what unfair hands life has dealt you, you can triumph over your trials and tragedies! You can be victorious! You can live your wildest dreams! This is the purpose of this book, and the message of my speech to various audiences. I have seen and experienced the dark and gloomy side of human nature, but I have also experienced the warmth of our light. And I am of the deep and passionate conviction that our light gleams brighter than the tragedies of our darkness!..."
~ Roland Kemokai (excerpt from the memoir SUNUMA)
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About the Author:
Roland Boikai Kemokai, president of Global Empowerment Institute, is an inspirational empowerment speaker, certified life coach, and musician. Abandoned as a 3-month-old baby, Roland overcame the hardship of abuses and living in a war-torn country to graduate valedictorian and become an international inspiration. A former syndicated radio host, he completed several academic and personal development studies in the US. Roland lives in Austin, TX with his family.