senior, Marvin Garbeh Davis Jr. (’14), recently published a book about his life torn apart by war titled,
From Refugee to Prodigy: A Story of Loss, Love and New Life
It is a story of his journey from childhood spent in a refugee camp to becoming an educated member of the world. Marvin will be graduating in May with a
Master’s Degree in International Studies
Congratulations, Marvin! Wilkinson College is very proud of you!
On December 24, 1989, civil war broke out in the small West African state of Liberia. The war lasted over fourteen years. The casualties are heart rending: 250,000 deaths, 150,000 internally displaced, 850,000 refugees in neighboring countries, and a country completely destroyed. Marvin Garbeh Davis Jr. was born to teenage parents during this period and was raised by his grandparents at Buduburam refugee camp for most of his childhood under intense fear and uncertainty. This is book is about his experiences as a refugee and his journey to America.
He graduated from Cuttington University, Bong County, Liberia, in 2012 with a Bachelor’s degree in Peace and Development Studies, and he also holds a Masters Degree in International Studies from Chapman University, Orange, California, United States of America. He has worked with several Non Governmental Organizations in Liberia and West Africa, and also as a research assistant during his two years of graduate school at Chapman University.
He is happily married to his high school sweetheart, Nyanda Finda Davis, and they have been blessed with a son, Lyndon, who they named after Marvin’s late adopted mother Lynn Bain.