Jabonkah Sackey’s only desire in life was to be like her mother and to be left alone. However, being born deep in the African bush in 1948, her desires didn’t really matter. Cursed with an abusive father, Jabonkah was saddled with the plans he had for her. But after repeatedly disappointing and rebelling against her father, he sets forth on a rampage targeting her mother and nearly beating her to death. After stepping in to save her mother and scalding her father with boiling water in the skirmish, Jabonkah’s fate is sealed. She is sent to the Society as punishment, where women from her tribe perform the ritual of female circumcision.
Six weeks later, Jabonkah returns home to the continued beatings until she is eventually disowned and sent to live with a missionary by the name of Mother Stevens. Unfortunately, it’s with Mother Stevens that her real struggle begins. Will Jabonkah escape the oppression and misery that is ruling her life, or will she succumb to her depression?
Jabonkah’s tale is the uplifting true story of one woman’s courageous journey from a small village in Liberia to the freedom that America offers. With unmistakable charm, unwavering determination, and a truly unique world view, Jabonkah enthralls readers with each passing chapter.
Her personal journey and repeated injustices are equal parts heartbreaking and infuriating. However, where parts of her story enrage and discourage, it’s her spirit and determination that ultimately leave readers feeling like they’ve taken part in Jabonkah’s triumphs as well.