Nathalie Carré: Bound to Secrecy (Borderland in its french translation) is your third book and the first be published in French. You have two previous books: The Land of the Fathers and The Kingdom of Sebah. Could you just briefly introduce yourself to our readers who may discover you?

Vamba Sherif: I was born in northern Liberia, from a family which included members from different parts of West Africa – from Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea and Mali. As a result, I grew up speaking languages such as Gbandi, Kissi, some Lomah, and Mende, which is spoken in Sierra Leone. My mother tongue was Mande or Mandingo, variations of which are spoken in Mali, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Ivory Coast, Burkina Faso and Senegal. I grew up surrounded by books and in a tradition of scholarship that went back centuries.

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