The Fulani Girls

Margaret D. Pagan Books
Margaret D. Pagan Books

Once Moody, a major Christian publisher picked up More Than a Slave, they encouraged Margaret to write another book. A friend said, “I’d like to know more about those two girls from the Fulani tribe of West Africa" mentioned in her first book. Margaret liked the idea and told their story in her second book, The Fulani Girls.

Winner of the Henri Award and the Readers’ Choice award at the 2015 Christian Literary Awards held in Frisco, Texa, this book tells the story of Anniya and her younger sister 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.

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