TLBTV: The American Vision – Friendship: A True Story of Adventure, Goodwill & Endurance

With Special Guest, Author - Francis Mandewah

The American Vision – Friendship: A True Story of Adventure, Goodwill & Endurance – With Special Guest, Author – Francis Mandewah


By TLB Contributing Author & TLBTV Show Host: Bill Muckler

Francis Mandewah shares his remarkable life journey of an African boy from the region made famous by the movie “Blood Diamond” starring Leonardo DiCaprio. That movie brought attention to a rebel war in Sierra Leone in West Africa in which “blood” diamonds, also known as “conflict” diamonds, were used to finance warlords and their activities.

Two decades before the rebel war, Thomas Johnson, a decorated United States Army helicopter pilot who served in Viet Nam, from the state of Minnesota, was employed to fly gems and alluvial diamonds in Sierra Leone from Yengema to Freetown, where a British Airways jet would fly the gemstones to London.

Tom Johnson met and befriended young Francis Mandewah, an impoverished Sierra Leonean boy, and gave him generous support that opened a new life of education and opportunity, which would eventually take Francis to America.

A chance meeting between two individuals shaped two lives forever. It’s a story that reminds us of the good in us all and the fact that, yes, there are times when the ‘good guys’ win. You will be captivated by this story and won’t want to put this book down.”

Along the way Francis had many harrowing experiences, including crossing the Sahara Desert, which almost cost him his life. His challenges continued in Italy, Greece, and finally in America where he received his bachelor and master degrees. In the end, Francis became aware that the real voice that has emerged through all his trials and tribulations is one of deep faith, and gratitude for God’s miracles and wonders in his life.

Image – Francis Mandewah traveling from Ghana to Algeria through the Sahara Desert.

This interview tells a captivating and most remarkable story that will stay with you for a lifetime. A story so compelling that a screenplay of the book has been written for the movie “Diamond of Hope.”


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Image – Francis Mandewah with Sister Andre, Sister Josephine and Sister Rosanne at the Blessed Teresa Parish in Ferguson, Missouri.Visit Francis’s website by clicking on the image below:

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Parting Shot: Blood Diamond Trailer (Not very far from the truth at all!):


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About TLBTV Show Host and TLB Project Contributing Author … Author of  ’20/20 A CLEAR VISION FOR AMERICA’

Bill Muckler is a long-time contributor is The Liberty Beacon Project and has appeared on numerous TLB radio and TV shows. He was born and raised in St. Louis, Missouri; graduated from Christian Brothers College High School (an Army Junior ROTC School) and received a B.A. from the University of Missouri-Columbia. While at Mizzou, he spent two years in Air Force ROTC.

Bill entered the USMC Officer Candidate Course in Quantico, VA upon graduation and was commissioned a Second Lieutenant; spent four and one-half years on active duty, and then eleven years as a Ready Reservist. He holds the permanent rank of Captain and held a Top Secret Security Clearance.

As an entrepreneur, Bill founded Muckler Typographic Corporation in St. Louis, MO. He was the owner and operator of that small business which provided typography services for Ad Agencies, Art Studios, Printers and Lithographers for ten years.

Bill has been a Work Process Management Consultant for 40 years and eventually an owner and director of his consultancy. His firm assessed business operations, conducted management and leadership training, and implemented process solutions as a problem solver in energy, mining, manufacturing, construction, fabrication, assembly, technology, food processing, health care and communications at more than 300 locations over the past 40 years.

Bill has three children: Angela, Christa and Christian; five grandchildren and one great granddaughter. He has lived in St. Louis, Columbia, Ferguson and St. Charles in Missouri. Kaneohe, Oahu, Hawaii. Panama City, Marco Island, St. Augustine and Cocoa, Florida. He has worked in, visited or travelled to 45 states, eleven countries and numerous islands in many seas.

“Where there is no vision, the people perish:” Proverbs 29:18


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