Surprise

Peggielene Bartels, 55, has been a secretary at the Embassy of Ghana for more than 30 years. She is separated and has no children and lives in a one-bedroom condo.

Bartels had never even lived in Otuam, but was born and raised in Cape Coast, a large city in Ghana about 90 minutes away. Bartels’s father had been a railway engineer, her mother – the late king’s sister – a shop owner. True, Bartels had visited her Otuam relatives from time to time, even after she left Ghana, in Western Africa, in 1975. But she had become a U.S. citizen in 1997. Nothing had ever led her to believe she had the slightest chance of becoming Otuam’s king. Going back for centuries, all the kings had been men.

Bartels’s uncle had been the king of Otuam, and when he died in 2008 at the age of 90, Otuam’s elders consulted genealogical records, discussed which of the king’s relatives had the characteristics required to rule, and came up with a list of 25 candidates. Bartels was the only woman. Then the chief priest poured libations of schnapps to the ancestors, intoning each of the names. When Bartels’s name was called, the schnapps, instead of sinking in the ground, steamed up – a clear indication of divine approval.

A relative of Bartels’s called her in the middle of the night with the news. “Congratulations!” he said. “You are the new king.”

11 thoughts on “Surprise

  1. I have had the opportunity to talk with as well as get to know King Peggy. If one wants additional “clear indication of divine approval” all one has to do is peak with her. Within a few moments, clear evidence of a humble, God fearing, God directed woman is apparent. Her life is 100% devoted to improving the lives of the people in Otuam. I joyfully offer support to King Peggy in this mission!

  2. I have had the opportunity to talk with as well as get to know King Peggy. If one wants additional “clear indication of divine approval” all one has to do is speak with her. Within a few moments, clear evidence of a humble, God fearing, God directed woman is apparent. Her life is 100% devoted to improving the lives of the people in Otuam. I joyfully offer support to King Peggy in this mission!

  3. How perfectly suited you are to be acknowledged as Lady King. You have shown that you possess both the eloquence of a lady and the strength for the challenges of your kingship. I know the call to this station is life changing; with demands that most would not be willing to accept. When I first read your story I knew that you were called to apply your uniqueness as Lady King to the work God will perform in Otuam. I pray everyday that you will live a long life, remain well, and continue in favor with God Almighty. Your purpose and vision for the elevation of Otuam are earnest and noble. Your commitment to allow God to lead you, as you lead the people, will make them reality. I am genuinely excited to render what humble service I can as Otuam grows under your leadership.

  4. I was surprise when i heared a lady king on till i saw you on tv3 sunrise show. Nana personaly am very praud of you, i wish i was from your community. I read your story from your webside and i love what i saw. Nana keep the good work and GOD will help you achieve your goals for your community. Amen!!

  5. Nana, It was a pleasure to meet you and to learn about your community initiatives this morning on TV3 Sunrise.

  6. I saw you on TV3 on Thursday, September 30. I like your agenda for the people of Otuam. As a native of Otuam, I think this is a wonderful opportunity for all of us to rally behind you for the good course you are have.
    We are all with you.
    God bless you.
    Mark Somuah

  7. YOU’RE A CHILD OF DESTINY. You’re not here by accident; you’re here by ASSIGNMENT. Your conception, birth and life are part of a DIVINE NARRATIVE. You’re NECESSARY. You’re NEEDED. The world needs YOUR DREAMS…YOUR WISDOM…YOUR GIFTS. Don’t bury your talent. Don’t allow critics to shut you down. Stir yourself up. IT’S YOU…

  8. You are sent from God above. I can ask more blessing, wisdom and long life from God to ur life.You are more than inspiration to help you kingdom.

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