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Yulisa Pat Amadu Maddy


Yulisa Pat Amadu Maddy was born in Freetown in 1936. After his education in Sierra Leone and a spell working on the railways, he travelled to France and the UK, where he studied at the Rose Bruford College of Speech and Drama. He started writing and producing radio plays, both in the UK and Denmark, where he was also a dancer, and then became Director of Drama at the Keskidee Centre. He returned to Sierra Leone where he became Head of Drama on Radio and was a founder-director of the theatre company Gbakanda Afrikan Tiata. He also worked in Zambia, Nigeria and the United States. He spent a lot of time abroad, as he was imprisoned in Sierra Leone for his political views and had to go into exile. He returned to teach at the Milton Margai College of Education in 2007. He died in 2014. He wrote one novel, two works of non-fiction and numerous plays for theatre, TV and radio, often concerned with human rights and political corruption in Sierra Leone.

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1968 Obasai and Other Plays (drama)
1973 No Past, No Present, No Future (novel)
1984 Big Breeze Blow (drama)
1996 African Images in Juvenile Literature: Commentaries on Neocolonialist Fiction (with Donnarae MacCann)
2008 Neo-imperialism in Children’s Literature about Africa : A Study of Contemporary Fiction (with Donnarae MacCann)
2008 Music, Masks and Maestros