Vamba Sherif was born in Liberia and spent part of his youth in Kuwait. During The First Gulf War he fled to Jordan, then Syria, before settling in the Netherlands. Sherif read Law and is an ambassador for the Dutch Refugees Council. He’s many written novels including, Land of my fathers, The Kingdom of Sebah, Bound to Secrecy and The Witness. He’s just completed the English version of his novel The Emperor’s Heir, which is about the rise and fall of one of the greatest empires in Africa in the 19th century. He’s co-editor of the anthology Black: Afro-European literature in the Netherlands and Belgium. In his novels, he explores the themes of identity, exile, war, love, and belonging. The impacts of history and of migration on the individual are featured in his work. His novels have been published in many languages, including English, Dutch, French, Spanish, German and Malayalam.