I often find myself addressing a recurring inquiry regarding the setting of my story in Western Africa, specifically Liberia. The underlying curiosity seems to revolve around my choice of a location seemingly distant from my own daily experiences.

My response is rooted in a desire for exploration and novelty: Why limit ourselves to the known when the unknown beckons with a wealth of untapped potential for storytelling?

Prompting the intriguing counter-query: why shouldn’t it be Liberia? This setting is not just a mere backdrop; it’s a conscious choice that enriches the narrative. Western Africa, with its vibrant culture, complex history, and diverse landscapes, offers a unique tapestry that can add depth and authenticity to the story. Liberia, in particular, with its intriguing mix of indigenous traditions and its unique history as a nation founded by freed American slaves, provides a rich context for a narrative. It’s a setting that’s ripe with potential for exploring themes of identity, resilience, and the interplay between history and modernity.

However, I must acknowledge a significant caveat. My personal experience with Western Africa, and Liberia in particular, is limited. I have not had the privilege of visiting this region, and this lack of firsthand knowledge is something I am acutely aware of. In light of this, I extend my heartfelt apologies to those who have a deeper, more personal connection to Liberia for any unintentional inaccuracies or misrepresentations in my portrayal. My aim is always to respect and honor the essence of the locales I choose for my stories, and I am continually striving to improve my understanding of these rich and diverse settings.

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