Author Profile: Akhentoolove

Akhentoolove Corbin was born and lives on the island of Barbados, but considers himself a Caribbean and world person. He was educated at the University of the West Indies, Barbados where he gained the degree of Doctor of Philosophy and currently is a lecturer in management at his alma mater.

Akhentoolove grew up in a small community in his country of birth and is very proud of his island upbringing, even though as a result of his international and regional travels, he also has a deep appreciation for the big city life and the potpourri of cultures that exist in their various communities. He has always dreamed of writing and publishing, and began his journey writing poetry in the mid-1970s. For Akhentoolove, poetry is a vehicle for individuals to explore and understand deeper spiritual and other realities of life, and to offer world people avenues to better understand each other.

Akhentoolove believes the Caribbean has very rich cultural expressions that can be shared with the world through the arts. From an early age, he learned the importance of story telling in the development of communities and in bridging the gap between the young and not so young. Akhentoolove knows that storybooks in all forms, hard copies and e-copies, can expose the readers to enriching life experiences related to games, social interactions, values and norms that make us each unique.

Ajani’s Wonderful Summer is Akhentoolove’s first storybook and embodies many of his life experiences as a child growing up in Barbados, which are still very relevant to global readers particularly youth up to 13 years old. These coming-of-age stories, set in the Caribbean island of Barbados, are about eleven-year-old Ajani Clarke, his friends and his family. They particularly emphasize Ajani’s relationship with his father, Papa C, who provides Ajani with the love, knowledge and confidence he needs to nurture his dreams. While re-acquainting Barbadian boys with some of the traditional ways in which Bajans have fun and enjoy themselves, the stories focus on Ajani’s unfolding maturity during one significant summer vacation.