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King Peggy : an American secretary, her royal destiny, and the inspiring… (2012)

by Peggielene Bartels

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A well written account about a Ghanaian consulate secretary living win Washington D.C. who is invited to a small village in Ghana as it's next King. This should be prescribed as required reading in all B schools. The tact and skill that she employs to turn this impoverished village around, deal with rampant corruption and a host of other personal and community issues, make it one compelling read.
  danoomistmatiste | Jan 24, 2016 |
A well written account about a Ghanaian consulate secretary living win Washington D.C. who is invited to a small village in Ghana as it's next King. This should be prescribed as required reading in all B schools. The tact and skill that she employs to turn this impoverished village around, deal with rampant corruption and a host of other personal and community issues, make it one compelling read.
  kkhambadkone | Jan 17, 2016 |
I really wanted to love this but stalled. I will try again another time.
  mlake | Apr 28, 2015 |
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King Peggy was born in Ghana, moved to the USA and became an American citizen. She got astonishing news one day; her uncle had been king of a poor and small town in Ghana and upon his death, the author was selected to become their king. She accepted and faced a mountain of obstacles; roads needed to be paved, a source of clean drinking water found, her uncle needed to be buried as fitting a king, and the looting of the town's treasury needed to be stopped. King Peggy was up to the challenges. ( )
  hangen | Feb 2, 2015 |
The people behind this book made one of the strangest style decisions I can remember. Despite the fact that this is an autobiography, it's told in third person, and in a really distant manner. I'm not sure why this decision was made, but it made it really difficult to get into the story, which otherwise should have been very interesting: a woman who has lived in America for decades becomes the king of her tiny Ghanaian village. Unsurprisingly, that village is full of chauvinist pigs. Trouble and feminism ensue. If only the book had been written in first person, or in a personal third person way, that we could really get to know Peggy and the trials she went through. ( )
  sparemethecensor | Mar 21, 2013 |
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To my mother, Madam Mary E. Vormoah, who was my best friend and made me the woman I am today.

--PB
To the people of Otuam, and all the Otuams around the world, for their hope and joy in the face of poverty.

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In the dream, Peggy was back in Kumasi, a child again, walking home from school in her sky blue uniform with the round white collar.  (Prologue)
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The charming real-life fairy tale of an American secretary who discovers she has been chosen king of an impoverished fishing village on the west coast of Africa.


King Peggy chronicles the astonishing journey of American secretary, Peggielene Bartels, who suddenly finds herself king to a town of 7,000 people on Ghana's central coast, half a world away. Upon arriving for her crowning ceremony in beautiful Otuam, she discovers the dire reality: there's no running water, no doctor, no high school, and many of the village elders are stealing the town's funds. To make matters worse, her uncle (the late king) sits in a morgue awaiting a proper funeral in the royal palace, which is in ruins. Peggy's first two years as king of Otuam unfold in a way that is stranger than fiction. In the end, a deeply traditional African town is uplifted by the ambitions of its decidedly modern female king, and Peggy is herself transformed, from an ordinary secretary to the heart and hope of her community.

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