Summary Of The Book ' This Child Will Be Great ' Essay

1423 Words Nov 11th, 2016 6 Pages
Ellen Johnson Sirleaf-This Child Will Be Great is a memoir and autobiography about Africa’s first woman president. Sirleaf was born in Liberia with parents who were apart of the common struggle that came from being part of a working class family in Africa. This memoir highlights the path it took from dealing with her parent’s hardship to becoming Africa’s first woman president. For Sirleaf it is important for all to know, that although she is from a lighter complexion her upbringing was no different to any other Liberian woman. The book is titled “This Child Will Be Great” because that thought was engraved in her heart by one of her mother’s friends when she was just a baby. This phrase encompassed her family’s values and when times were tough, they would tease one another on when the “greatness” would finally occur. In this review, I will discuss the major topics Sirleaf believed were worthy to mention, how she sets up her story, and finally how this memoir/autobiography fits into the study of Africa’s gender history. Sirleaf began by giving insight to her family life, and lineage. The first being the indication of how she had no American lineage and the struggle her parents had to go through. Second, she discusses the major events that were going on while she was rising up the ladder to presidency, and finally the sacrifices she had to go through and the hard decisions she had to make as a Liberian woman. Because of her lighter complexion throughout Sirleaf’s life she had…

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