Tamba M’bayo, Associate Professor, West Virginia University, US, on 5th March 2020, donated history books to the history department of Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone. The books include African history, as well as fiction and non-fiction books, and some medical books, which he said will be donated to the College of Medicine and Allied Health Sciences (COMAAHS), and books for Ebola survivors, among others. He disclosed that he came to the country, from the United States as a Full Bright Scholar for ten months. The award makes provision for scholars to travel to other countries to do research or to teach. He further disclosed that he was particularly motivated to come to Sierra Leone and donate books for he is an alumnus of the College. He revealed that he solicited help from his colleagues at the history department of West Virginia University. “My colleagues donated books and they also contacted other friends, including a book store owner, Keri, who donated some fiction and non-fiction books,” he revealed. He went further to say that when he first visited the College’s library, he noticed, there was a shortage of books. Some of the books at the library were outdated he said. “It is in this spirit that I went in search of books for a college where I first attained my first degree,” he noted. He said the significance of reading, especially history books cannot be over-emphasized, for reading these books will help students to get a wide range of different kinds of sources that one can tap into when set to do research work. “These books will help students to produce good research papers,” he opined. “One can only become a good writer, when one cultivates the habit of reading, for by so doing one will develop good critical thinking skills.” He said, “The history books will benefit students in the history department,” while the fiction and non-fiction will be useful for students in the English Department. Head of Department, History, Fourah Bay College, University of Sierra Leone, Sylvanus Spencer, said he hopes to receive more donations from other people and called on the students of the department to take advantage of the gesture. Student representative, Ansumana F. Kanu, expressed delight on behalf of the students. He assured that they will make good use of the books and be well armed with knowledge of history, and become productive in the country.
By Sulaiman Karim Sesay