I was inspired by the stories my Grandmother told me about her Grandmother who was one of the many children of King Gbèhanzin and her flight from Dahomey, present day Republic of Benin during the French-Dahomey war of the late 1890s to Abeokuta in south-western Nigeria. My Grandmother was a great storyteller and I would sit quietly for hours beside her as she told me many stories about her life and those of her ancestors.
Besides the actual historical events that occurred, Thread of Gold Beads is 100% fiction. Some experiences in the book were inspired by actual events that occurred in my life and members of my family.
I conducted library and online research, but the best information came from the actual interviews with Beninoise and officials of the Embassy of the Republic of Benin, one of whom is descended from King Gbèhanzin. I received first-hand information about the culture and beliefs of past and present day Benin Republic from which I weaved together life as it would have been in Dahomey in the late1890s.
My Grandfather was a historian in his own right. His family was from the Ẹgba tribe of Abeokuta in south-western Nigeria. He grew up on Lagos Mainland, Ebute-Metta to be exact. He had so much information that was passed on to me which was incorporated into Thread of Gold Beads.
We all believe in something, whether we choose to admit it or not. Africans have for generations believed in the existence of deities who were still under the authority of the one true God. Thread of Gold Beads explores the extent of these beliefs and how they affect every facet of our lives. Religion is still a fundamental aspect of life today. It was important to bring this out in the book because I needed to show how far people will go in their beliefs and what drives people to do what they do.
Great things. This won’t be my only book by God’s grace. Writing is one of the avenues I will continue to use to inspire and bring hope to people. I’m in the process of writing a book of short stories that deals with the social issues of our time.