The Fulani Girls

Once a major royalty publisher like Moody of Chicago picks up a writer’s work, they strongly encourage the writer to start another work.  Alas, Margaret did not have another idea that Moody had not already published or did not already have in the works. So Margaret turned to her friends and asked what they would like her to write.  One friend said, “I’d like to know more about those two girls from the Fulani tribe of West Africa mentioned in More Than A Slave.”  Margaret liked the idea and used it for her next book, The Fulani Girls.

Margaret D. Pagan Books
Margaret D. Pagan Books

As the story goes, Anniya and her younger sister are boating on the Benue River near their home in 18th century Nigeria when captured by slave-traders, forced onto a ship, and taken to New York City.  When the ship docks, Anniya's younger sister is led off, but Anniya is forced to remain aboard as the ship sets sail to Georgia.  A screaming Anniya vows to return to New York and find her sister.  Her incredible quest becomes a tale of bravery, danger, adventure, and love.

It, too, takes place during the tumultuous Revolutionary War period but with a surprising feature. Colonists in the South where the young girl landed did not raise cotton as might be expected. Instead, they raised crops and also served as middle-men between the British and the Native American tribes who provided deer skins for use in Europe. Margaret blazed new trails as she researched the various tribes in the area and their relationships with the Colonists, the British, and each other. She also learned of Nigerian artist, Kenneth Chiazor, who created the illustration for the book’s cover.

This book won both the Henri Award and the Readers’ Choice award at the 2015 Christian Literary Awards held in Frisco, Texas.

Margaret found, however, that some potential readers were unaccustomed to the title being a foreign word. She reissued The Fulani Girls under the title Song of Life. Copies are available only from the author.

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