ADJAI

ADJAI by ARNOLD – AWOONOR – GORDON

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Of this personal Memoire, the author says: When I was young and living with my grandmother as a boy and young man, my grandmother as she grew older,  had a sharp mind and could still remember her time as a girl,  young woman and then as a married woman.  She was fond of telling us stories of her parents, eleven siblings, and particularly about her grandpa Adjai and grandmother Asano. Of course, my siblings and I did not take her seriously and thought it was the ramblings of an old woman. It was not until later that I came to realise that the grandpa Adjai and grandma Asano she used to talk so fondly about were Bishop Samuel Adjai Crowther, the first black bishop in the Anglican communion and his wife Asano. So, using the experience I had gained in my long life as a journalist, I have written this personal memoire of my great great grandfather with whom I am six degrees of separation through my grandmother


The Fascinating History of My Liberated Ancestors

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In ‘The Fascinating History of My Liberated Ancestors’, the Author starts with a brief Historical sketch of his direct Ancestors beginning in Scotland in the late fifteenth Century. Thereafter, the reader is treated to a very well researched account of those White and Black men and women that traveled between Nova Scotia, Jamaica, Britain and West Africa, particularly Sierra Leone whilst enduring the horrors of Slavery. Against all odds and the many degrading and prejudicial practices, Charles Harding’s Ancestors developed into a formidable Group of well – educated professionals in Medicine, The Law and members of the Cloth. They married and intermarried and played an immeasurable part in the establishment of the British Colony of Sierra Leone that played such a leading role in West Africa until Independence. His masterful writing has not only produced a ‘Family History,’ but a book that provides a unique account of ‘Colonial History’, and a Fascinating one at that. This remarkable book is a truly good read.

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