Abdulai Silá (also Silla, Sila; born April 1, 1958 in Catió), is an engineer, economist, social researcher and writer from Guinea-Bissauan. He is the author of three novels: Eterna Paixão (1994), A Última Tragédia (1995) and Mistida (1997), the first of which was the first novel published in Guinea-Bissau.
In the first years
He attended elementary school in Catió and, in 1970, moved to Bissau to attend high school at the National Lyceum Kwame N’Krumah. From 1979 to 1985 he attended the Technical University of Dresden (Germany), where he graduated in Electrical Engineering. Since 1986, he has studied computer networking, Cisco networking, LAN management, and Internet security in the United States and elsewhere.
Silá (photo) has built a career in both engineering and writing. He is co-director of SITEC (Silá Technologies), a computer company that he created in 1987 and is run together with his brother. He is also co-founder and president of Eguitel Communications, the only private ISP in Guinea-Bissau. Under Silá’s leadership, Eguitel has played a significant role in the development and dissemination of information and communication in Guinea-Bissau, undertaking various initiatives to make these technologies accessible and affordable throughout the country.
Silá is also a writer. In addition to writing technical articles on appropriate technology, energy, and communication issues, Silá has written three novels; Eterna Paixão (“Eternal Passion”) (1994), A Última Tragédia (1995) and Mistida (1997). Characterized as a “myth, parable and postcolonial fable”, Eterna Paixão was the first novel ever to be written and published in Guinea-Bissau. In the novel, he provides a critique of the political regime in the country since independence from Portugal. In Mistida his ability to illustrate images, situations and characters and to represent the political situation of the country has been acclaimed. He also wrote the play As Orações de Mansat, a drama inspired by William Shakespeare’s Macbeth, in 2007. Like songwriter and poet José Carlos Schwarz and novelist Filinto de Barros, Silá identifies as a voice of the underprivileged. His works are published by Kusimon Editora.
Silá is married and has three children. He lives in Bissau where he is vice president of the handball federation and honorary president of several other organizations. His hobbies include playing soccer and fishing.