Seedy Bojang on his book:
"The press has been and continues to play a fundamental role in the democratic dispensation of nations. But the heartier the works of journalists, the more they have been subjected to all forms of inhuman degradation in different parts of the world, and Africa, in particular. As a guest writer, since stories are lived even before they are told, I am obliged to write a piece that construes what had been depicted in the case of the protagonist of the story in my latest book. Entitled, Our Tears and Sorrows, the book mirrors the story of a young female script typist cum graphic designer, Maimuna, who lost her husband in what has been described as a string of attacks on media, to silence independent – minded journalists who trade their skills in modern day African society.
As she was reeling from the sudden disappearance of her husband, armed men stormed her offices at Vanguard Newspaper, setting one room on fire and severely damaging a number of printing machines. The tale is an epitome of what all civilized world would condemn as an assault on democracy, human rights, and freedom of the press. In a few words, it chronicles all blows to media freedom and democracy on the African continent. While this systemic silencing of independent-minded journalists is not only confined to one particular country in Africa that continued to inflict terror in the minds of journalists trading their skills, the book exposes the sorry condition of these fleeing persecuted journalists in the service of humanity.
The agony of this sad story, is the refusal of African leaders to be accountable to the electorate, and to cling on to power by any means necessary for fear of public enlightenment that might have grown from the truth being heard by the wider spectrum of the populace. Sadly, most journalists continued to be victimized for flimsy excuses, while networks of national saboteurs in different parts of the world go scot-free. In Africa today, it is evident that there is constant and systematic deployment of all forms of mischievous tricks and strategies to silence independent-minded journalists, and to frustrate journalism from being flourished as a cohesive hypothesis of a field of study. And, in some cases, the information they transmit are sometimes rubbished in most quarters as unfounded, even though they are balanced and objective to the point."
A copy of the book can be obtained from Red Lead Bookstore