Opanin Osei happened to be a renowned wood carver at that time, considered the chief carver for the Akwamu King.
Incredible Tales 27 - Misfortune & Gift of Love
By age ten, I was already helping with the finishings to his products, mainly by taking up the chore of polishing. I lived and worked with him for fifteen years before I came to the city in search of greener pastures.
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Salihu smiled, obviously reliving those days as a newcomer in the city. He continued his story. My ambition was to make a good sale, build a workshop and start a real business. I was young and full of dreams. He replied promptly. I soon learned that apart from my carving skills, I knew next to nothing about the business. I went through the school of hard knocks to learn the business side of the trade.
In fact, my first fifty pieces fetched me almost nothing. I was curious I sat up and looked at him. I gave out a number of the pieces away on credit.
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Most of the buyers never showed up again. Salihu says he learned the intricacies of the trade very fast.
In the early days, some elderly kinsmen of mine used to display their wares on the pavement on this very street about a kilometer to the west. From this point The Gift of Misfortune becomes a melodrama, but not a melodrama without substance.
The central theme of it all is how immigrants often adopt new customs not their own, that can lead to their unraveling. Your email address will not be published.
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