King Peggy

I can't remember what made me decide to throw this on my library list.  For whatever reason, King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village by Peggielene Bartels and Eleanor Herman ended up on my library hold shelf one day when I went in to grab a wedding book.  It is a true story of a secretary in the Ghanian embassy in Washington DC who becomes king of a village in Ghana.  Her uncle has just passed away and the elders have chosen her to be king.


It isn't a kingship like we imagine from the Disney films.  Her palace is falling apart, her council is stealing the town's money, and she has to pay to bury the old king in style and present herself to the other kings in Ghana to be accepted.  There are hints from the beginning that something is "up" with her being chosen as king and that the elders think they can hoodwink her.  Peggy's not having it though and begins to rearrange things to work for her people, not just a few of them.  With her own money she begins to restore the palace.  She gets a write-up in the Washington paper which brings the needs of her village to the attention of a Baptist church in the area.  They help to bring more fresh water, schooling and medicine to the village.


I tore through this book.  It is definitely one that you keep turning the pages to find out what happens next.  I can recommend this one, very feel good. Very inspiring.  Here's her site with links to donate to the town.  All legit!

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