Agyeman ‘Dota’ Ossei: The Legendary Artist Who Taking His Art To The Northern Region

Agyeman Ossei 'Dota'. Photo Credit: Kobby Hagan

This September, Ghanaian aritist Agyeman ‘Dota’ Ossei is taking his art to the northern part of Ghana.

The art lovers are also going with him to experience his statement-making twin exhibition.

The exhibition will be held at the Savannah Center for Contemporary Art (SCCA) Tamale and its sister institution, Red Clay, located in neighboring Janna Kpeŋŋ in the Northern Region of Ghana.

The Adwoa Amoah, Kwasi Ohene-Ayeh and Tracy Naa Koshie Thompson curated exhibition is called “Blindfolding the Sun and the Poetics of Peace.”

The 60-year-old artist behind the exhibition is Agyeman Ossei ‘Dota’.

Agyeman ‘Dota’ Ossei is an artist and senior lecturer who has provided administrative and academic leadership as head of the Department of Theatre Arts at the University of Ghana, Legon from 2014 until his voluntary retirement in 2017.

He was the artistic director of Abibigromma— resident theater group at the University of Ghana, Legon— from 2005-2009 and served as acting Executive Director of the National Theater of Ghana between 2012 and 2014.

He has directed and produced concerts with legendary ‘Palm wine’ Highlife musician Agya Koo Nimo and the National Symphony Orchestra as well as skits and jingles for radio in local Ghanaian languages such as Twi, Dagbani, Frara, Ewe and Wala.

Ossei has contributed to numerous academic journals and publications worldwide and has translated and adapted literary works into theatre plays— notable among them Ayi Kwei Armah’s The Beautyful Ones are Not Yet Born, Osiris Rising and The Healers.

He has also directed the play Ananse and the Gum Man by Joe De-Graft selected for the Ghana @50 Theater Classics at the National Theater (2007).

His two solo exhibitions ‘Reviewed Traditions in Ghanaian Painting’ and ‘Proverbs: An Exhibition of Paintings and Sculptures’ respectively happened in 1989 and 1993 in Accra.

In 2017 he participated in the large scale group exhibition Orderly Disorderly organised by blaxTARLINES KUMASI at the Museum of Science and Technology in Accra, Ghana.

“Blindfolding the Sun and the Poetics of Peace.” is one exhibition you need to experience.

The details of the exhibition can be found below:


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