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Hail King Peggy

Have you yet heard of King Peggy? She's getting a lot of press lately because she's written a book. Here's a bit about her from an NPR story:

There's an unlikely new leader in West Africa. Three years ago, Peggielene Bartels, a naturalized U.S. citizen and secretary at Ghana's Embassy in Washington woke to the news that she had been crowned king of Otuam, a Ghanaian fishing village.She accepted the lifetime appointment, and now divides her time between Otuam and Washington, D.C. She describes herself as a “commuter king” and chronicles straddling two cultures — and lives — in a new book, King Peggy: An American Secretary, Her Royal Destiny, and the Inspiring Story of How She Changed an African Village.

She was interviewed this morning on MSNBC's Morning Joe and talked about how she heard the news she was now king, because the king before her had died. But her villagers never say that a king has died. They say instead:

“The King is going to the village. He is not coming back anytime soon.”


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