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Ishmael Beah

Activist; Storyteller from Sierra Leone; Author, "A Long Way Gone"

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Ishmael Beah was born in Sierra Leone on November 23, 1980. When he was eleven, Ishmael's life, along with the lives of millions of other Sierra Leoneans, was derailed by the outbreak of a brutal civil war. After his parents and two brothers were killed, Ishmael was recruited to fight as a child soldier when he was thirteen. He fought for over two years before he was removed from the army by UNICEF and placed in a rehabilitation home in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. After completing rehabilitation in late 1996, Ishmael won a competition to attend a conference at the United Nations to talk about the devastating effects of war on children in his country. It was there that he met his new mother, Laura Simms, a professional storyteller who lives in New York. Ishmael returned to Sierra Leone and continued speaking about his experiences to help bring international attention to the issue of child soldiering and war affected children.

In 1998 Ishmael came to live with his American family in New York City. He completed high school at the United Nations International School, and subsequently went on to Oberlin College in Ohio. Throughout his high school and undergraduate education, Ishmael continued his advocacy work to bring attention to the plight of child soldiers and children affected by war around the world, speaking on numerous occasions on behalf of Unicef, Human Rights Watch, United Nations Secretary General's Office for Children and Armed Conflict, at the United Nations General Assembly, serving on a UN panel with Secretary General Kofi Annan and discussing the issue with dignitaries such as Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton. He is a member of the Human Rights Watch Children's Rights Division Committee.

In "A Long Way Gone," Beah depicts his experiences as a twelve year old boy fleeing rebels and wandering a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. This is his story, a story of redemption and hope. In 2014, he released his second novel, "Radiance of Tomorrow", about two longtime friends who return to their hometown, Imperi, after the civil war.

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Radiance of Tomorrow: A Novel

Radiance of Tomorrow: A Novel

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

A Long Way Gone: Memoirs of a Boy Soldier

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Ishmael Beah

Activist; Storyteller from Sierra Leone; Author, "A Long Way Gone"

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Ishmael Beah Biography

Ishmael Beah was born in Sierra Leone on November 23, 1980. When he was eleven, Ishmael's life, along with the lives of millions of other Sierra Leoneans, was derailed by the outbreak of a brutal civil war. After his parents and two brothers were killed, Ishmael was recruited to fight as a child soldier when he was thirteen. He fought for over two years before he was removed from the army by UNICEF and placed in a rehabilitation home in Freetown, the capital of Sierra Leone. After completing rehabilitation in late 1996, Ishmael won a competition to attend a conference at the United Nations to talk about the devastating effects of war on children in his country. It was there that he met his new mother, Laura Simms, a professional storyteller who lives in New York. Ishmael returned to Sierra Leone and continued speaking about his experiences to help bring international attention to the issue of child soldiering and war affected children.

In 1998 Ishmael came to live with his American family in New York City. He completed high school at the United Nations International School, and subsequently went on to Oberlin College in Ohio. Throughout his high school and undergraduate education, Ishmael continued his advocacy work to bring attention to the plight of child soldiers and children affected by war around the world, speaking on numerous occasions on behalf of Unicef, Human Rights Watch, United Nations Secretary General's Office for Children and Armed Conflict, at the United Nations General Assembly, serving on a UN panel with Secretary General Kofi Annan and discussing the issue with dignitaries such as Nelson Mandela and Bill Clinton. He is a member of the Human Rights Watch Children's Rights Division Committee.

In "A Long Way Gone," Beah depicts his experiences as a twelve year old boy fleeing rebels and wandering a land rendered unrecognizable by violence. This is his story, a story of redemption and hope. In 2014, he released his second novel, "Radiance of Tomorrow", about two longtime friends who return to their hometown, Imperi, after the civil war.

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  • The Moth Presents: Ishmael Beah
    Ishmael Beah comes to New York as a teenager after years of fighting as a child soldier in Sierra Leone and gets a second chance at childhood.
  • Ishmael Beah's Story: From Child Soldier to Human Rights Activist

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  • How to book Ishmael Beah?

    Our booking agents have successfully helped clients around the world secure talent like Ishmael Beah for speaking engagements, personal appearances, product endorsements, or corporate entertainment for over 15 years. The team at All American Entertainment represents and listens to the needs of organizations and corporations seeking to hire keynote speakers, celebrities or entertainers. Fill out a booking request form for Ishmael Beah, or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to discuss your upcoming event. One of our experienced agents will be happy to help you get pricing information and check availability for Ishmael Beah or any other celebrity of your choice.
  • How much does it cost to book Ishmael Beah?

    Booking fees for Ishmael Beah, or any other speakers and celebrities, are determined based on a number of factors and may change without notice. Pricing often varies according to the circumstances, including the talent's schedule, market conditions, length of presentation, and the location of the event. Speaker fees listed on this website are intended to serve as a guideline only. In some cases, the actual quote may be above or below the stated range. For the most current fee to hire Ishmael Beah, please fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536 to speak with an experienced booking agent.
  • Who is the agent for Ishmael Beah?

    All American Entertainment has successfully secured celebrity talent like Ishmael Beah for clients worldwide for more than 15 years. As a full-service talent booking agency, we have access to virtually any speaker or celebrity in the world. Our agents are happy and able to submit an offer to the speaker or celebrity of your choice, letting you benefit from our reputation and long-standing relationships in the industry. Fill out the booking request form or call our office at 1.800.698.2536, and one of our agents will assist you to book Ishmael Beah for your next private or corporate function.
  • What is a full-service talent booking agency?

    All American Speakers is a "buyers agent" and exclusively represents talent buyers, meeting planners and event professionals, who are looking to secure celebrities and speakers for personal appearances, speaking engagements, corporate entertainment, public relations campaigns, commercials, or endorsements. We do not exclusively represent Ishmael Beah or claim ourselves as the exclusive booking agency, business manager, publicist, speakers bureau or management for Ishmael Beah or any other speaker or celebrity on this website. For more information on how we work and what makes us unique, please read the AAE Advantage.

Ishmael Beah is a keynote speaker and industry expert who speaks on a wide range of topics . The estimated speaking fee range to book Ishmael Beah for your event is $20,000 - $30,000. Ishmael Beah generally travels from New York, NY, USA and can be booked for (private) corporate events, personal appearances, keynote speeches, or other performances. Similar motivational celebrity speakers are Fawzia Koofi, Asra Nomani, Amanda Lindhout, Karen Tse and Hyeonseo Lee. Contact All American Speakers for ratings, reviews, videos and information on scheduling Ishmael Beah for an upcoming event.

Ishmael Beah Speaker Videos

  • The Moth Presents: Ishmael Beah
    Ishmael Beah comes to New York as a teenager after years of fighting as a child soldier in Sierra Leone and gets a second chance at childhood.
    Ishmael Beah's Story: From Child Soldier to Human Rights Activist

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