The movie is about 55 year old administrative assistant Peggielene Bartels, who
was sleeping one night in the summer of 2008, when she received a 4:00 a.m.
telephone call from her cousin living in a village off the coast of Guana. He
told her that she was the new King of Otuam. Peggyielene worked for almost 30
years at the U.S. Guanian Embassy, but just like that she went from a U.S.
government employee living in an one bedroom condo outside of Washington D.C.
to living in a refurbished palace as the first female king of Otuam, reigning over
7,000 people. And she does have a gold crown and scepter. The village residents bow
and address her as“Nana,” an honorary title given to royalty.
How did this happen. Peggy’s uncle was the former King of Otuam. Peggy had visited the
village many times to spend time with her mother. When her uncle died, the village elders
appointed her to be the next in line to rule the village. It took some convincing, of course
Peggy thought everyone was crazy. But once she could finally wrapped her head around
what was happening, she accepted the kingship. Peggieline still works at the Ghanian
Embassy, but combines her holidays into one month which she spends in Otuam. As king,
Peggieline of couse has more power than if she had the title of queen. She is in charge.
Peggieline was born in south Ghana, but relocated to the U.S. when she was in her 20s.
After leaving Ghana and before arriving in the state, she studied in England.
Though Peggieline is ruler of an African Village, being king is not all pomp and circumstance. Peggy has to deal with the many needs of the impovershed people. She has helped families pay school fees, bought computers and provided the first ever community ambulance. When in the states she wakes up every morning at 1:00 a.m., calls Otuam to speak with the elders. She needs to be brought up to speed on what’s happening in the community.
I love Queen Latifah and I love this story. I cannot wait to see the movie.