Last month the second annual Washington Adventist University (WAU) Visionaries Gala honored Ghanaian-born Peggielene Bartels with the “Excellence in Humanitarian Service” award for her global contributions as king of Tantum fishing village in Ghana.
Bartels was the main protagonist for ‘King Peggy‘, a 2012 book that she c0-wrote with Eleanor Herman which narrates Bartels journey to becoming the first female chief of Tantum (Mfantsiman Municipal District of Ghana). She is the successor to Nana Amuah Afenyi V, who maintained the role up until his death in 2008.
Bartels’ role as the first female ruler is unusual as it is a role traditionally reserved for males.
The book about her fascinating journey between two continents and two very different lives was on the required reading list this year for first-year students at Washington Adventist University. She visited campus recently to share her experiences with students. -Washington Adventist University
Last year there were talks about turning the book into a movie in which Will Smith was said to have bought the rights to. Queen Latifah was penned to play lead but no extra word on that.
To learn more, visit: http://www.kingpeggy.com