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It Takes a Village to Raise a Child in Mathadi: Lessons for Community Education, Part I
by Kennedy Agyenkwah
Kennedy Agyenkwah uses core family values to teach lessons about love, peace, understanding, and hard work through this African folktale about a village of lions that go morally astray.
The inhabitants of the village Ma-tha-di are a proud and prosperous community until they abandon their ancient traditions, customs, and rituals. The social cohesion among the community begins to break down, and elders are no longer respected, the youth degenerate into a self-satisfying existence, and leaders become corrupt and abandon time-tested traditions and rite of passage.
One day a pregnant lioness goes hunting during a mature period in her pregnancy. She loses her own life in the pursuit, but her cub lives on and is taken in and raised by a neighboring village of sheep. Years pass in the Athma Village of the Sheep, which is rich in culture and tradition. One fateful day, the lost lion becomes the lions’ prey in a frightful hunting expedition. But the inhabitants of Ma-tha-di soon learn they have much to learn from the wise and cultured lion. Will he be able to save the inhabitants of Ma-tha-di before it is too late?
About the Author
Kennedy Agyenkwah is a native of Ghana who now resides in Minneapolis, Minnesota. He attended the Institute of Professional Studies in Legon, Ghana, and received a bachelor of arts degree from Metropolitan State University in St. Paul, Minnesota. He is a visionary, educator, and an inventor.
Mr. Agyenkwah is the founder of the African Communications Network, Inc., which is a buisness designed to provide communities with the foundation to build strong families and healthy individuals. He is also the inventor of the Core Values Game and the Rites of Passage Game.
(2010, paperback, 48 pages)