CULTURE

“STONES AT OSU ARE CRYING FOR ATTENTION: HAPPENINGS IN THE DANISH-OSU CULTURAL HERITAGE STUDY PROJECT”
BY PROFESSOR DR ING H. NII-ADZIRI WELLINGTON
DEPARTMENT OF ARCHAEOLOGY AND HERITAGE STUDIES, UNIVERSITY OF GHANA, LEGON
18th FEBRUARY, 2010
PREFACE:

In 2004, a book written by a Danish author Thorkild Hansen, titled “Coast of Slaves” and translated into English by Kari Dako, inspired the author to undertake a research project on the traditional Osu community.

The research project which began as a private initiative with encouragement from the UNESCO Accra Cluster of offices, focused on the community history of Osu, looking at the community’s historic places, buildings and genealogical profiles of families with Danish ancestry from the period 1607 to 2007.

Initially, the findings of the research were meant for use to write a historical narrative.

However, when the first set of findings became available, it became necessary to present the findings to the public in two exhibitions to commemorate the 50th anniversary of Ghana’s independence and the bicentenary celebration of abolishment of the trans-Atlantic slave trade in March, 2007.

The excellent resonance the exhibition received encouraged the author to go ahead with the project.

Fortuitously, an award in 2008 from the Ghana Cultural Fund, a Danish NGO, became available to the Project to prepare the manuscript for publication of the book to be titled: “Stones Tell Stories at Osu”.

 

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