Eudora Aletta is an author, a singer-songwriter and performer, a war child, a loving mom, a mature student of Gender and Woman Studies, a lover of life and more. Eudora, who lives in the GTA (Greater Toronto Area) of Ontario, Canada, says “I came from a huge family with uncles and aunties living together in one community.”That community was the Kolahun District of Lofa County, northern Liberia (Africa) – and where Eudora’s father was the chief of the Kolahun District for over 50 years.
Eudora Aletta grew up amongst Lofa County’s five tribes: Kissi, Gbandi, Mende, Mandingo, and Lomah – a world where people shared first and last names. Before the civil war in 1990, most people in Kolahun knew one another by family name through interrelationships. “With all these five tribes interacting with one another, I grew up speaking the languages of all five.” She is still fluent in two of them.
Eudora grew up in a patriarchal system that prepared women to be housewives – but she didn’t let that stop her! “Classroom education was not as important to my father as it was to me, but he valued humanity and love as the most important quality of life that every child should learn. “I wanted education to the extent that I would hide from my mother and go to the district Public School. I would watch my peers getting into their classes, and hope that someday; my father would permit me to be in that class room.”
Eudora was laughed at by a teacher. “But fortunately for me, my grandfather (who was one of my ‘angels’) told me what a great woman I would someday become. His dying wish to his sons was for me to be educated.” Eudora can remember stealing $1 from her grandpa, with a purchase in mind. “As I stood ecstatic with a wild smile, a man asked me what I wanted, and why I was so happy.
“Which one, child?” he responded.
“The big one,” I said.
Before Eudora’s father died, he told her she was the mother of all the Kannehs; their family root. “He advised me to be a part of change, not a part of chances. The best way that I can be a part of change is to write about change.” Through writing more books, Eudora hopes to use the funds to educate as many girls as possible, especially from third-world countries. “A girl is the owner of the earth, and she honors the earth; through her, a cry can be turned into laughter.”
“My goal is to explore seemingly impossible world issues that are hindering the earth. I am a war child, and I have tasted the bitterness of war. With humanity, peace and love being my first education, ‘The Wind of Change’ had to be my first book. To follow this will be ‘The Journey of Grandpa’s Daughter’; ‘The Wind of Change’ part two; ‘What Happened in Africa’; and ‘Remembering Life With Hiama Kamara’.
Eudora greatly enjoys life – and besides being a proud author, student, musician and mom, she loves designing her own clothing, cake decorating, and serving her community.Her ancestry and strong beliefs continue to drive her. “I am a proud supporter of unity and equality for all mankind and humanity. I am inspired by the stories of Nelson Mandela, Malcolm X, Kwame Nkrumah, Thomas Sankara, Marcus Garvey – and the story of my own life!”