Beyond Myself: The Farm Girl and the African Chief

by Anita Katherine Dennis

Anita’s college anthropology class in the 1960s led to an incredible journey with God, as she eventually married her college professor, who was also an African chief. God sustained her interracial, cross-cultural marriage – especially as she played the role of chief’s wife in a remote village in Liberia, West Africa. In her journey to world citizen, 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. Share her struggles as she is accepted into the Mende tribe and lives 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.

About Anita Katherine Dennis  – She received her bachelor’s degree in sociology with a minor in anthropology from the University of Michigan-Flint in 1973. She was not only accepted into her husband’s Mende tribe in 1972, but she lived in his village for a year from 1983 to 1984 as a lay missionary. She is the co-author of Slaves to Racism: An Unbroken Chain from America to Liberia, published in 2009.

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