Special Report: Historian and Anthropologist Sierra Leone RPCV Joseph Opala

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Historian and Anthropologist Sierra Leone RPCV Joseph Opala

 Historian and Anthropologist Sierra Leone RPCV Joseph  Opala

By Abdulai Mansaray on Sunday, February 16, 2003 - 8:37 am: Edit Post

I was a student of Joseph Opala's in 1988-89 at Fourah Bay College, studying English Language and Linguistics. I would like to express my personal gratitude to Joseph and hope I could be given the opportunity to add my voice and opinion to his views.

By Joe Doherty on Friday, April 04, 2003 - 8:02 pm: Edit Post

Joe Opala is a unique and intriguing character who has been an eyewitness to many of Sierra Leone's changes in the past quarter century. An RPCV-sponsored forum with him as a speaker would be most welcome.

By Carol White on Thursday, April 24, 2003 - 10:18 am: Edit Post

I am a teacher on John's Island, S.C. I am very interested in talking with Mr. Opala. I would like to do an oral history project to help preserve Gullah culture on John's and Wadmalaw Islands. I would very much like to obtain information about how to do this and maybe speak to Mr. Opala about how to get started and where there might be funding for this sort of project. If something is not done soon this area will become developed and will lose its native Gullah culture.

By ERIC FEFEGULA on Friday, May 16, 2003 - 12:05 pm: Edit Post

how has language reflected culture or culture influenced language in the past 10yrs of civil
conflict in sierraleone .

By Guy Dobbs (80.wab.brhm.sflmi01r1.dsl.att.net - on Monday, October 06, 2003 - 5:53 pm: Edit Post

Joe Opala is a terrific individual whom I had the pleasure of getting to know during my foreign study at the University of Sierra Leone in 1987-88. He is a talented and dedicated professor and I hope that whatever the future holds for Sierra Leone, Prof. Opala continues to play a valuable role.

By Angri Gullah (24-193-43-209.nyc.rr.com - on Monday, November 24, 2003 - 7:49 am: Edit Post

I expected Mr Opala the anthropologist to be well informed about the history and diamonds in Sierra leone and Liberia.For a scholar like him to ignore the colonial context of diamond wars especially in West africa is apalling and to a large extent an affront to the intelligence of Africans. I am very keen to know what is opala's take on the role of the diamond cartel and it's South African and ukranian mercenaries in the Sierra Leone war,and does he know that the descendants of gullahs and other Liberated Africans in the western area of Sierra leone cannot have equal acess to lands in the other regions of the country where most of their ancestors hailed from? Does he know who his former collaborator Zainab bangura and her husband actually work for? The likes of Dr Opala clearly explains how the truth about salient issues in africa is skilfully peverted and given the spin that enhances European recolonization of Africa and disemination of faulty intelligence inorder to hoodwink Americans(Opala's spin reminds me of the issue of yellow cake from Chad)Wake up brother Opala do the right thing before the African American community,US Lawmakers, intelligence community and other experts wake up to the hard facts and get your reputation sullied.

By Anonymous ( on Monday, November 24, 2003 - 3:24 pm: Edit Post

Mr. Gullah,

Are you saying that Mr. Opala is an operations officer like Plame or in some way affiliated to intelligence?

By frankbearden (cache-rtc-aa05.proxy.aol.com - on Thursday, November 25, 2004 - 1:38 pm: Edit Post



By John Earle (netcache1-ctn.is.co.za - on Tuesday, April 12, 2005 - 12:23 am: Edit Post

Please may I use the photo of diamond mining in Sierra Leone in a school textbook for use in South Africa.

By Richard White (ip68-231-172-121.tc.ph.cox.net - on Saturday, March 11, 2006 - 10:07 pm: Edit Post

I believe that I knew Joe when he was just a begining undergraduate student at the University of Arizona, 1968-1970. If anyone knows for sure if that is where Joe started his studies, I'd love to know, and be able to contact him.

Rich White

By Dory Haselswerdt (adsl-71-135-118-32.dsl.pltn13.pacbell.net - on Monday, March 17, 2008 - 11:33 pm: Edit Post

Please contact me regarding Cynthia Schmidt. I am her niece, Dory (I may have met you about 10 years ago in San Francisco).
I will keep trying to find your phone number if I don't hear from you first.
Thank you,
Dory Haselswerdt

By Mike Massaquoi (host86-146-163-233.range86-146.btcentralplus.com - on Thursday, May 22, 2008 - 4:12 pm: Edit Post

Dear Joe

I think I came to know you in the early 1980s when Dr and Mrs Zeller were in Freetown. I was a sudent at Miltom Margain Teachers college. I guess you know Mike Diliberti, a serving member of Friends of Salone. He is my former teacher in the 70s. Can you help contact Betty Zeller in the US. I have been living in the UK for the last 15 years and would like to hear from them once more.

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