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Excursions in my Mind
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About the Author
Nana Awere Damoah (1975- )was born in Accra, Ghana. He holds a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Nottingham, UK, a Bachelor's in Chemical Engineering from the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology, (KNUST), Kumasi, Ghana. Nana spent all his secondary or high school years at Ghana National College, Cape Coast, Ghana and speaks fondly of growing up in the suburb of Kotobabi, in the Ghanaian capital, where he started his education at the local Providence Preparatory School. A British Council Chevening alumnus, Nana works in West Africa. He is an associate of Joyful Way Incorporated, a Christian Music Ministry in Ghana, where he was the group's National President from 2002 to 2004. Nana now serves on the Joyful Way's Board. Nana started writing seriously in 1993 when he was in the sixth form and has had a number of his short stories published in the Mirror and the Spectator. In 1997, he won the first prize in the Step Magazine National Story Writing Competition. His writing has appeared in StoryTime ezine, Legon Business Journal, Sentinel Nigeria Magazine and the anthology African Roar (StoryTime Publishing, 2010). He is the author of two non-fiction books: Through the Gates of Thought (2010) and Excursions in my Mind (2008) and one work of fiction, a collection of short stories: Tales from Different Tails (2011). He keeps a personal blog at www.nanadamoah.com, is the creator and editor of StoryLoom and Ghanamanisms (www.storyloom.wordpress.com and www.ghanamanisms.wordpress.com dedicated to Ghanaian fiction and non-fiction respectively) and is a columnist of Business and Financial Times newspaper. He is married to Vivian. The couple and their children, Nana Kwame Bassanyin, Nana Yaw Appiah, and Maame Esi Akoah, are based in Tema, Ghana.
Top customer reviews
The series spans an array of topics as diverse as the author's experiences on which most are predicated. They encompass many day to day experiences of life about family, friends, divine inspirations, professional experiences, motivational pieces, etc. that pander to the interest of many and can readily be identified with. The series begins with the author's advocacy for the continued acquisition of knowledge in "Books and Knowledge", something that resonates again elsewhere in "Continuous Learning" and further captures more themes through others like "The Tsetse Fly Approach" that certainly pique one's curiosity. In "Continuous Learning" for example, the author draws attention to four empowering learning sources: experience, observation, listening and reading. Some of these learning sources are not the conventional forms known to many and are therefore marginalized. The author's demonstrated ability, however, to severally tap into these resources as evidenced by the diversified sources of material, information and supporting quotes is a testament to the ideas and challenges he espouses in his book. The stand-alone nature of the series lends for easy reading of different segments at a time; but it is indeed alluring to want to drink deep after whetting one's appetite with a mere sip.
With his experiences subtly woven around the stimulating and illustrative anecdotes, the author leads you through the excursions on a memory lane to identify with the issues raised. Whiles reminiscing some of your own nostalgic memories, you are suddenly led to chance upon or nudged by a captivating and enlightening perspective. The topics indeed border around familiar day to day events but readers will quickly be led to slough off any déjà vu perceptions to embrace the accompanying insightful empowerment. One will be confronted with issues which will invariably leave one saying "never thought about it this way" - the serendipity that initiates one's empowerment will then be awoken!
As the author taps into his technical expertise and rightly encourages in his empowerment series on self worth; - "Our beliefs about our abilities and the capabilities we have are usually the limiting reactants in the chain reaction of our lives. Life is a chain of reactions and it is a continuous process." Excursion in my Mind is a conduit to awaken in you the desire to process your actions and reactions for positive rate determining steps instead of limiting ones. You are definitely encouraged to embark on the excursion in the mind; but be prepared. You will marvel at the gems dotted on the path and the enabling power that unravels in your mind eventually!
The sayings throughout are spot on and Nana gives references to the Bible and to other popular sayings. One other thing I loved is the fact that it can be read out of sequence! Lovely. Well done Nana and stay Blessed.