Stones Tell Stories at Osu
Stones Tell Story at Osu is a creative biographical account of the Slave Trade at Osu, one of the leading slave trading centres off the West African Coast.
Wellington employs a metaphorical device through the voice of the narrator, Ataa Forkoye, to provoke discussion, dissolve the shame and confusion associated with the slave trade and to persuade the current generation of Africans to abandon the taboo of not speaking about it.
Wellington, an architect by profession, does this by rummaging through the remaining physical ruins of the slave trade, picks up the stones one by one to construct a compelling narrative through the amalgam of values, conflicting colonial hegemony, layers of economic syncretism and the collision of cultures to bring to life the force of the relationship between the Europeans and their African counterparts.
Stones Tell Story at Osu has brought together the untold “fragmented” pieces of the story of the slave trade this side of the Atlantic and serves as the missing puzzle to those who seek answers.
Wellington’s rich narrative style still shines in this long-awaited second edition, a book that will tug at the curiosity of historians, anthropologists and students of English and Literature in high schools and universities alike and an engaging traveling companion that resists being laid down.
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H. Nii-Adziri Wellington, a professor emeritus of the Department of Architecture, Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, is a Fellow of the Ghana Academy of Arts and Sciences and a cultural heritage activist.
As a scholar, he has published extensively in the disciplines of architecture, urban design, housing and cultural heritage. To date, he has to his credit over 100 published papers, journal articles, mimeographs, technical reports and exhibition brochures, including recent publications. Since 2009, he has been on post-retirement contract in the Department of Archaeology and Heritage Studies, University of Ghana, where, as a part-time lecturer, he is currently teaching and researching in Heritage Issues and Monuments Conservation as well as Architecture in Autism. Outside of academic work, he is an avid Bible Teacher.
Wellington is happily married with three adult children.