On 18th January 2006, our society lost a devoted husband, father, ardent Christian, dependable friend and mentor, and above all a patriot.
On this 3rd anniversary of his death, we renew our memories of one of the academic luminaries of this nation and the outstanding contribution he made to historic development not only in Sierra Leone but in the entire African continent.
As a teacher, lecturer and professor, Clifford Nelson-Fyle was a leading light in the culmination and spread of African indigenous literature and culture.
He was for many years professor of English in the University of Sierra Leone and for African literature throughout the continent. Upon retirement, he founded LEKON Consultancies LTD, one of whose special function is the promotion of literary texts in indigenous Sierra Leonean languages to be used in schools and all educational institutions.
His novels in English are a real pleasure to read particularly the Conquest of Freedom trilogy consisting of ‘Blood Brothers’, ‘These old colonial hills and the ‘Alpha’.
Our children are still enjoying Professor Fyle’s fairy tales like ‘The Dancing Plates and Spoons’, ‘Ola and the Ball and many other.
The Krio dictionary which he co-authored, remains a standard reference work.
The growing glory of his literary career however was his patriotic composition of the Sierra Leone National Anthem, which captures the hopes, aspirations and values of every Sierra Leonean.
May the celebration of his greatness be a consolation to all those who miss and mourn him and the nation as a whole.
May his blessed soul continue to rest in the bosom of the Almighty.
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