Writers Project of Ghana | 31 May 2017

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Writers Project of Ghana | 31 May 2017

A reading from the biography 'Returned Exile: A Biography of George James Christian of Dominica and the Gold Coast, 1869-1940.'

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, written by Margaret D Rouse-Jones and Estelle M. Appiah, 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.

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