Monthly Archives - October 2021

The Best Inheritance Ever

One morning at dawn, my mother went to get a loan to help me stay in school. The deadline for complying with the new PTA levy was fast approaching. Mom was restless. Back in 1983, the  PTA levy was about  500 Francs CFA, (about $1USD)   She returned empty-handed from the village loan shark. Mr. Barnes turned down my Mom‘s request for a small cash loan.  Beyond that, he questioned her motives for the loan.   Not only did he question Mom’s intent, but he also made...

Dare to Celebrate Your Unsung Hero

Sometime in the 1960s, a young princess from Funam, Bome Got married to an enterprising young man from Kai village in Mbengwi. He was the founder of Wakaman Enterprises, an inter-urban coach service. Together, they got busy raising a young family of blue-eyed babies. Yes!   One day in the 1980s, a tragic accident happened! Wakaman was gone. Too soon!   A long, dark and painful shadow ensued. Untold misery. Raising 9 kids with no income, no job, no companion… The days were longer. So were the nights. Words...