For the month of May 2017, Writers Project of Ghana and the Goethe Institute, Accra present a reading from the biography, Returned Exile: A Biography of George James Christian of Dominica and the Gold Coast, 1869–1940, with co-authors Margaret D. Rouse-Jones and Estelle M. Appiah.
Returned Exile is the first full-length biography of George James Christian, originally from Dominica, who qualified as a barrister-at-law in London and was a participant in the first pan-African conference. He migrated to the Gold Coast in 1902, shortly after which he established a legal practice that successfully served a wide range of clients. His correspondence with his friend, the renowned Dr James Kwegyir Aggrey, during the establishment of Achimota College, provides fresh data on this important Ghanaian institution.
The book also sheds light on Christian's practice as a lawyer and his service in the Legislative Council from 1930-1940. It provides an account of his role as honorary consul for Liberia, his involvement as a Freemason, businessman and philanthropist and as a doyen of the West Indian community in the Gold Coast.About the authors:
Margaret Rouse-Jones has been active in the library and information profession locally, regionally and internationally. Her scholarship spans the field of history, historiography, biography, Caribbean bibliography and librarianship. She received several awards throughout her career. In 2011, she delivered the 2nd Ken Ingram Memorial Lecture at UWI Mona, and in 2012 the 7th Dame Eugenia Charles Distinguished Lecture for the UWI Open Campus, Dominica. Both lectures featured research on George James Christian.
Estelle Appiah is the grand-daughter of George James Christian.
Do join us for another informative and interactive reading session with Estelle and Margaret. Copies of books will be on sale.
Date: Wednesday, 31st May, 2017
Time: 7.00 PM - 8.30 PM
Venue: Goethe Institute, 30 Kakramadu Close, East Cantonments, Accra
Admittance is Free.