Eno’s Legacy

Once upon a time, in the great far, far away kingdom of the Golden Stool, among the people of the Buffalo, lived the king’s youngest wife, Eno.

It was not Eno’s choice to marry the king; this was her destiny. She resolved herself to her fate and laboured at being the best youngest wife the king had ever had.

But Eno was discontented; she hadn’t bore a male child yet. Every morning, she asked the gods to bring her a male child so that her husband and her people will look at her favourably.

Years passed and the king took two more wives who bore him one male child after another.

Eno, no longer the youngest wife felt that she had failed. A cloud of sadness gathered around her soul and would not leave, all over the village it become known that Eno, the king’s third wife was sick.

One year, in the season of harmattan and fires, Eno gave birth to a male child.

The king held him and called him Kofi for being born on the day of fertility and Badu, for being his tenth offspring.

Eno’s sorrow lifted, she gave the land a son and heir to continue the lineage, she fulfilled her destiny.

Eno’s joy however was short lived. Soon it became known in the village that Kofi Badu was a child of the spirits.

It was believed that as punishment some children were born possessed by spirits. These spirits gather as spume inside, saturate the body until it reaches the head overflowing, make it dizzy and cause convulsions.

The elders agreed that Eno was being punished for adultery, hence, to appease the gods and avert cataclysm the child was to be returned to the gods.

One dark thick night, a few days before the ceremony to return the child, Eno gathered her children, including Kofi Badu and ushered them into the night.

They journeyed south-east towards the Volta, Eno had heard of “the healer with grace”, one who had studied in lands far across the oceans, she heard that he healed children possessed by the gods.

Eno brought Kofi Badu to “the healer with grace”; he told her the child was not possessed by spirits. Eno did not believe this either.

He said it was an illness and that he could help.

A relieved and grateful Eno realized she had no means to pay the healer, when she told this to him, he slept on it for two days and came back with a solution.

He asked for Afua’s hand in marriage. Afua was Eno’s oldest daughter.

Preparations were made and a fortnight after her sixteenth birthday Efua was married to the healer with grace.

Eno lived the rest of her life content among the people of the Volta.

Her daughter Afua on the other hand struggled with her fate.

So did the generations of women that came after them.

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Tropical Thursdays @ Fever Night Club

Chief Apaak presents Tropical Thursdays starting Jan. 18, 2007:
Reggae, Dance Hall, Reggae-ton, Salsa, African and More.
Come out and have fun in a clean, safe and classy environment.
The plan is to provide regular place for those who Like and Love Tropical Music.
Pass the info on, send it to those you think will be interested,
inform your friends, associates, fans and contacts. I will be giving out VIP passes,
e-mail me back if you will like a VIP pass, first come first serve.
Listen to African Connection on CJSF 90.1FM (www.cjsf.ca) on Saturdays from 2-4pm,
you could win a VIP pass as well.
Join My Group AT http://groups.myspace.com/TropicalThursdays Chief Apaak

White’s Ferry

White’s Ferry is one of my favourite places.

The drive through the little towns and farms almost feels like another country.

White’s Ferry is basically the only ferry service that still operates on the Potomac River.

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I love this place. It’s quiet and serene and quite a nice place to have a picnic in the summer.

The ferry, which is really a plank that is pulled across the Potomac River. Across the river is the beautiful charming town of Leesburg, VA.

Another great thing to do in Leesburg is shopping; it has a huge outlet centre with over a 100 stores. There are plenty of other things to do in Leesburg too, perfect for a day trip.

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Review: Little Mosque on the Prairie

CBC’s much hyped and much anticipated “Little Mosque on the Prairie premiered last night.

I’d been looking forward to this show for months and especially after the minor attention it’s gotten.

I was ready and open to like this show and although I didn’t hate it, this first episode didn’t blow me away. I felt there could have been a bit more substance to it, plus it felt a bit rushed to me.

I don’t know, maybe I was expecting too much from a thirty minute sitcom (with no laugh tracks).

It’s a comedy about a small Muslim community in a small prairie town in Canada, their new mosque, Imam, and the neighbours’ perception of and reaction to them in this post September 11 world.

While this makes for a great premise, the first 10 minutes threw in every stereotypical Muslims-are-terrorist joke in the book. Which makes me wonder what they’ll do for the remaining episodes, they can’t repeat the same jokes over and over, can they?

A couple of jokes and/or situations garnered a smile or chuckle from me, but there wasn’t anything laugh-out-funny to me, probably because it seemed a tad ridiculous to be funny.

This show has the potential to be what it’s supposed to be, it could be humorous, satirical and insightful. Depends on what direction the show takes and how characters are developed.

Overall, it’s a great concept; the first episode was a ‘weak-good’ because I was expecting something more along the lines of the great immigrant/assimilation comedy.

I’ll have to watch at least three more episodes to form a solid opinion, but it’s fresh, interesting, and different, unlike anything on TV right now. Plus it’s got buzz…

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