This website is the third version. The first was created back in 2005. The website has been a huge success in terms of the number of visits and page views. Visitors want to know about the life of Siaka Stevens. Sierra Leoneans need to know about the man and his politics. No nation can grow if she fails to learn from its history. A sure way to fail a nation is to deny its people knowledge of their history.
This websites (the third version) is based on the autobiography of Siaka Stevens-What life has taught me. Its an important source to know about our political history. The foundations of the politics of present Sierra Leone were laid by Siaka Stevens. Attempts have been made to distort our political history. It is not intention to speculate why. My intention is to present a source for Sierra Leoneans to learn.
The politics of Sierra Leone cannot be divorced from the wider sub region or the Africa region for that matter. The era of Siaka Stevens was the era of the cold war. To understand the so called failings of Sierra Leone, you need to understand the context in which policy was made. It is all to easy for many to blame Siaka Stevens for all our ills. Until we examined our own actions, we will never move that country forward. Blaming the past, to cover ones own failure is a dis-service to our nation. Some even blame him for the rebel war. Those who do so, do not have the intellectual ability to understand the wider geopolitic or political economy of this world.
One of the most encouraging characteristics of the present Government, (with Mr. Bai Koroma as President), is that they have simply got on to solving our problems; not playing the blame game.
Siaka Stevens was not perfect. But he was not Mobutu; Mugabe, Idi Amin, Kwamusu Banda, and the other despots of his era. Search the web and one would be forgiven to think Siaka Stevens was in the class as these tyrants. Indeed a novel (The Devil that danced on Water) did just that. The author even accused my grandfather of murdering their father. Those are very serious allegations. You can read for yourself here, the account of my grandfather.
We owe it to the next generation of Sierra Leoneans to provide sources for our them to learn about our history.
Francis Stevens George
This website is developed and maintained by Francis Stevens George. Thanks to Aunty Yvette for the pictures.
Siaka Stevens by Siaka Stevens is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike 3.0 Unported License.
Based on a work at www.siakastevens.org.