When Anita Katherine Dennis walked
that developed between her and her anthropology professor, Dr. Ben Dennis, an African tribal chief. In this memoir, she shares how God sustained her during her interracial, cross-cultural marriage—especially as she played the role of chief’s wife in a remote village in Liberia, West Africa.
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Her life was full of extremes. She met the president of Liberia in the Executive Mansion—and slept in a mud hut. She visited European capitals—and lived in a remote African village. She flew on transatlantic flights—and was carried through the high forest in a chief’s hammock. Anita shares her struggles as she is accepted into the Mende tribe and lived in Vahun with an off and on kerosene fridge, swarming termites on the screens, a cyclone barely missing the house, and pungent elephant meat delivered in the middle of the night.
Beyond Myself offers an example of West meets Africa personified. Anita tells how life with Ben was more than a marriage. It was an education and adventure wrapped into one. Ben allowed Anita to escape her narrow cultural confines and embark on a journey from farm girl to global citizen, with plenty of missteps throughout.
Anita Katherine Dennis earned a bachelor's degree in sociology and a minor in anthropology from the University of Michigan-Flint in 1973. She was accepted into her husband's Mende tribe, lived in his village, and served as a lay missionary. Dennis co-authored Slaves to Racism: An Unbroken Chain from America to Liberia.
She is a follower of Jesus Christ in the Lutheran tradition.
Your book was outstanding. What a beautiful tender story. I cried in the end.Marie W.
Everyone has a life story to tell and some are simply more unique than others.
I love your prose. It is only you that would narrate the intricacies of Gbandi and Mende life and culture in such a fascinating way.Losay Lalugba
Their life was no fairy tale, but it became a great witness for Christ. It’s one woman’s story of courage and faith to follow God’s marvelous –and sometimes frightening – calling.