Memoir Writing: Born in Kansas, Made in Africa
Wentling shares his experiences as a Kansan spending half a century in Africa. He provides information about the complex continent of Africa and of 54 of its countries. Wentling has published a three-volume Africa Memoir. (Link to Mark’s book on YouTube.)
Mark Wentling obtained his bachelor’s degree from Wichita State University. He served as a Peace Corps Volunteer in Honduras, Togo, Gabon, and Niger. In 1977, he began working for the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) in Niger and later served as its principal officer in Guinea, Togo/Benin, Angola, Somalia and Tanzania. Following retirement from the U.S. Senior Foreign Service, Mark continued to work as an advisor for the Great Lakes Region, then with USAID Missions in Zambia, Malawi, Guinea and Senegal.
His many jobs and travels in Africa, visiting all 54 African countries, contributed to the completion of his latest book, Africa Memoir: 50 Years, 54 Countries, One American Life. Those who know him well say he was born and raised in Kansas but made in Africa.