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King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village Audio CD – Audiobook, 21 Feb 2012

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  • Audio CD
  • Publisher: Random House Audio Publishing Group; Unabridged edition (21 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0307879054
  • ISBN-13: 978-0307879059
  • Product Dimensions: 12.9 x 2.9 x 14.7 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)

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Advance Praise for "King Peggy

""This is an astonishing and wonderful book about a real life Mma Ramotswe. It is an utter joy."

--Alexander McCall Smith, author of "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency"

Advance Praise for "King Peggy
""This is an astonishing and wonderful book about a real life Mma Ramotswe. It is an utter joy."
--Alexander McCall Smith, author of "The No. 1 Ladies Detective Agency" --This text refers to the Hardcover edition.

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* A Cinderella story with a headstrong, vulnerable, forceful and resourceful African-American secretary at its centre - an ordinary woman making a difference once she becomes King of a Ghanian village

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A well written biography which utilizes the style and treatment of a novel to make the story accessible and enjoyable to most readers and a variety of ages. Religion is very prominent but fair perspective is generally used and no disresepect ot others' views is implied. Generalizations run riot, I will say that much, the wording of some statements could be more careful. Otherwise, it seems excellent so far and suitable for a teen audience as well as adults.
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"King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village" is the account of how Peggielene Bartels brought prosperity and progress to Otuam her impoverished African hometown.
Peggy's "memoir" really begins when Eleanor Herman (her co-author) wrote an article titled "Secretary by Day, Royalty by Night" in the Washington Post in September 2009. Eleanor said, "The king folds her own laundry, chauffeurs herself around Washington in a 1992 Honda and answers her own phone. Peggielene Bartels lives in Silver Springs and works as a secretary. When she steps off an airplane in Ghana on Thursday, arriving in the coastal town her family controlled for half a century, she will be royalty - with a driver, a chef and an eight-bedroom palace, albeit one in need of repairs she will help finance herself."
Otuam, with a population of 7,000, had no running water, no doctor, no high schools, no bank and no money. To her dismay she discovered the village elders (her relatives) were stealing the towns property taxes and other funds. Because there is no money she ends up paying her uncle (the late kings) morgue and funeral fees.
Peggy's story, vision and dedication helped inspire other American sponsors. The pastor and congregation of the Shiloh Baptist Church in Landover, Maryland paid to install two large boreholes in Otuam. They are currently planning to build a large high school, with a cafeteria, library and computer lab.
The first two years of Peggy's reign as king are tough. However her powerful personality, honesty, ambition and wisdom won the love, support and gratitude of her people.
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"But My servant Caleb, because he has a different spirit in him and has followed Me fully, I will bring into the land where he went, and his descendants shall inherit it." -- Numbers 14:24 (NKJV)

I remember reading about Peggielene Bartels becoming a "king" in Ghana some time ago. I thought the story was interesting then. This unabridged audio CD is far more interesting than what I had read earlier. King Bartels is an amazing woman, filled with a desire to do good, a willingness to sacrifice, and almost unlimited patience with utter nonsense. With God's help, she becomes quite a good king.

I was attracted to the book because I will be visiting many African nations in the next few years as part of The 400 Year Project, and in working with people there I have come to appreciate that how Americans think about Africa is almost always totally wrong. Ms. Bartels does a wonderful job of bridging that culture gap so we can better appreciate how things are done in her corner of Ghana.

Enjoy!
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Native of Ghana working at the embassy in Washington DC gets a phone call that she ahs been selected king of her seven thousand person village back home.

She hesitantly accepts and goes back home. There she finds that she has to pay $ to be king. The more involved she gets the more she learns about her homeland and the way things are done there, graft. Insightful into the culture.
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By EA Solinas HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on 22 Feb. 2014
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Most girls (and some grown women) dream about being princesses. But Peggilene Bartels dreamed -- literally dreamed -- of the time she would be king.

Her dream is the opening portent of "King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village," Eleanor Herman's account of a rare, powerful woman who was given the responsibilities of kingship. Not only is it an inspiring story, but Herman weaves a rich, expansive portrait of Ghana and its traditional villages.

Washington secretary Peggy Bartels was shocked when an acquaintance from the Ghanaian fishing village of Otuam called her with the words, "Congratulations! You are the new king of Otuam!" It turns out that her uncle had just died, and the ancestral spirits had selected Peggy as the new king -- a female king.

After some thought (and supernatural approval) she traveled to Ghana for her enstoolment -- only to find that Otuam was in desperate straits, with almost no medical care, little education, bad water, impoverished people and a palace rotting from neglect. After her enstoolment, Peggy discovered that there were problems that went much deeper, such as embezzlement, corruption among the elders and family strife.

But King Peggy had been chosen for a reason: she was determined to straighten out the governing body of Otuam, and make life better for its people. With the help of the kind Nana Kwesi -- and partly from the D.C. area -- Peggy begins working to change Otuam for the better. And despite the chauvinism, corruption and poverty, she's going to do it.
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