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NAMES LIKE GLASSES (article first published : 2007-01-22)

Retired mechanical engineer, Professor K O Kessey has written a unique autobiography. Titled Names Like Glasses it is carefully constructed to tell his life story completely in lyrical verse. Despite the unusual style adopted by the author, this fascinating work demonstrates an ability to present rich and enchanting subject matter in a well-defined poetic form.

A Life Patron of the International Biographical Centre, Prof Kessey has produced his memories in a short, punchy style, starting from his earliest memories of village and family life in the then Gold Coast. He recalls his life as he progressed to become one of the top professors in his field of engineering.

After obtaining his doctorate degree in engineering in 1963 from the Columbia University, USA, having been the first Ghanaian to do so, he taught Mechanical Engineering continuously in four leading universities. Having taught at elementary, secondary and university level, he retired as a full professor in 1992 from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, Ghana.

Some of the products of his teaching include many highly-placed engineers and technocrats in Ghana and elsewhere, as well as renowned dignitaries including some very prominent Paramount Chiefs of Ghanaian traditional areas and the present Head of State of his Homeland, His Excellency John Agyekum Kufuor.

Outside his extensive engineering study and profession, he studied and read widely English and Latin literature and has written poetry extensively in English. He has read his poems on the Voice of America and published his first collection of poems entitled The Pages of Time.

Professor Kessey, who is married with four children, is rightly proud of his own academic and engineering achievements and is also quick to remember all those that have helped him along the way to his success. Within his autobiography, he places his life events within the context of the wider world events and, as well as writing about his life, he also takes time to bring his thoughts and feelings into the work.

Names Like Glasses is not just a tale of a poor-boy-made-good but is written in a way which should draw attention from English scholars and poets as well as those interested in history and foreign travel, giving a detailed insight into the life of the former Gold Coast.

The publication is available from all good bookshops or by ordering direct from the publisher. Log on to www.melrosebooks.com or call 01353 646608.




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