The Author, a recipient of the Pro ecclesia Et Pontifice Gold medal award from Pope John Paul 11, a ceremonially installed African Elder, a Knight in a western order, a Member and affiliate of various International Service and Charitable Organizations was born in 1957 at the height of the Maumau war in Kenya East Africa. As a young boy he listened to fireside stories from grandparents born into a family that constituted traditional Shamans and Warriors and supra polygamous cultures in Africa before the coming of the missionaries in the 19th and 20th century. He is professionally trained in logistics, Marketing and Governance, and Medical disciplines and was instrumental alongside the “Last Of the Consolata Missionaries”, Secular and faith based organizations, people of diverse cultures, fraternities and sororities in establishing a school for rehabilitation of mentally handicapped Children in Africa in a culture where such children used to be terminated at birth. Such children were associated with family misfortunes, omens, spells, sorcery, witchcraft, the occult and demonic forces. He founded the Friends Of Allamano Special School for disseminating and sharing knowledge and information on Physical and Intellectual Disabilities and undertook studies in esoteric metaphysical subjects to gain deeper insights that would help in promoting disability outreaches beyond the belief in traditional practices based only on superstition and devoid of an amalgam of medical or scientific and cultural study perspectives.
“THE Bright Dark Nights Of The Soul” highlights some of the challenges faced in such traditional family cultures and in starting and managing such disability outreach projects, aspects of CSR, Faith and Governance and some of the coping mechanisms for those involved, during the “DARK NIGHTS” and “BRIGHT” moments along the way: Which for the author included stints in ‘New Age’ movements and esoteric disciplines as he sought to understand their role in advancing various human disability perspectives.