InnerStanding Isness book review: “Sesh” by Mwalimu K. Bomani Baruti


sesh1Sesh: an ancient name for these uncompromising warrior scholars, a name taken from the goddess Seshat who held dominion over the art of writing and recording and was considered to be foremost among all librarians…eternal students of truth and wisdom whose chosen profession it was and is to study and record the essence of our people (page 7)

I just finished reading the book “Sesh” by Dr. Mwalimu K. Bomani Baruti.  I purchased this book because I desired information on how to constructively transfer thoughts from my mind to paper.  This book contains constructive information for all aspiring and current Afrikan /Black business owners – especially writers, self-publishers, public speakers, distributers, bloggers, kwk (I learned this term in this book  and means “katha wa katha”.  It’s the Kiswahili term for “etc” (pg. 168, # 14). Dr. Baruti affectionately and expertly shares his personal experiences on the entire writing and self-publishing process from beginning to end.  This book has 192 pages, 158 in the body of the text.  It’s very easy to read – I read it in two days.  It includes an appendix with sample documents referenced in the book along with extensive endnotes and an index.  There are also blank pages in the back for notes.  There are 31 chapters on an array of topics, such as:

  • measuring success

  • recording your thoughts

  • setting deadlines

  • motivators

  • financing your work

  • the power of distribution

  • website issues

  • audio and video considerations

Although this book is primarily “an Afrikan centered guide to writing and self-publishing for warrior scholars”, every Afrikan can gain useful information on the importance of writing and the significance and responsibilities of those with the gift, along with practical tips on how to minimize financial pitfalls and conflict between people.  The author lists the pros and cons of numerous writing and publishing customs and courtesies, wisdom that can only be acquired from direct experience.  The cost of the book is minimal compared to priceless information received.  I highly recommend visiting and purchasing a copy immediately.  I also recommend The Sex Imperative and Nyansasem: A Calendar of Revolutionary Daily Thoughts (A Calendar of Revolutionary Daily Thoughts) by Mwalimu K. Bomani Baruti.

Three noteworthy quotes from the book are:

  • “For me, writing is simply one expression of the collective ancestral gift I have found inside.  It is not simply one aspect of my Afrikan being.  It is the manifestation of all of them in one particular medium – the expression of thought-provoking ideas on paper.  When I follow the path opened up by my gifts, doubt drains away, reward manifest and a warrior’s comfort with his righteous rage comes as a warm, assuring undercurrent.” (page 14)

  • “Putting any energy into reforming europeans is based on the flawed assumption that “if white people knew better they would behave better.”  Focusing on healing yurugu keeps them at the place they least, the center of our thinking.  Of all people, they should be farthest away from participating in the discussion or partaking of the benefits any solution the Afrikan genius brings humanity.” (page 40)

  • “Three profound thoughts come to mind when dealing with these sometimes debilitating distractions.  First “Obstacles are things that you see when you take your eyes off of your goal.”  Second, and Ashanti proverb directs us to “act as if it is impossible to fail.”  And, third, in the context of the specific role of sesh in the war for our solvency and humanity, the visionary Afrikan writer Ayi Kwei Armah profoundly noted “Endless our struggle must seem to those whose vision reaches only to the end of today…The present is where we get lost – if we forget our past and have no vision of the future…Ahealer needs to see beyond the present and tomorrow.  He needs to see years and decades ahead.  Because healers work for results so firm they may not be wholly visible till centuries have flowed into millennia.  Those willing to do this necessary work, they are the healers of our people.” (Two Thousand Seasons, page 303), (page 158)

~Kemetia M. Afrika~



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