BELDEN NAMAH’S POLITICAL BIOGRAPHY is well underway after many interesting people responded to my toksave on Facebook.
At least five of the people who established contact with me really deserve a book to be written about their life history!
Every writer needs confidence and I especially appreciate that KJ empowers his contributors by giving them that extra confidence to continue to share stories.
I used to bring him sweets to eat and admonished him not to share them. “This is just for you to give you energy, so don't share,” I would tell him - but he would still share of course.
In his twilight years he would sit outside at his table at his Lawes Road residence where he would informally receive a constant stream of visitors.
He would sit there for hours drinking tea and catching the sea breeze, casual in shorts or a laplap and bare-chested because of the humidity. He was a great gentleman with a regal bearing who I admired greatly for his simplicity, shrewdness, generosity and good humour.
I spent many rewarding hours researching both former Governors-General by reading old Hansard records.
Sir John Guise - a self-made and self-educated political leader and statesman really impressed me with his intelligence and foresight, especially because he was forced to leave school in Grade 4 to help support his family because his biological father - who I understand was a French seaman - was not around to do so.
In his twilight years, Sir John Guise used to walk for miles along the busy main roads of Port Moresby and refuse to accept offers of lifts from people who stopped to assist him.
This was the key man - a real founding father - who brought self-governance and independence to PNG and who I believe could have and should have become the first prime minister of PNG.
One very quotable comment I received pointed out that “the final product of the [biography] will be held unusually closer to the light by most, if not all who has a stake in Namahology.” Agreed absolutely.
I am determined to write factually and objectively about many historical events and many politicians both past and present in the biography and naturally not just about Belden Namah. The readers can be my judge.
I am certainly not going to give undeserved credence to sensational, self-opinionated blog stories - especially not when I know what I know to be true.
I will leave the latter to the gutter tabloid types and their supporters who thrive on making a name for themselves by trashing prominent politicians.
Any leads, tips, advice and information are welcome anytime from anyone. Thanks everybody for your input so far.
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