I caught this today via Yahoo and found it on the Washington Post. Fascinating story and is a reminder that Black Women have been rulers and royalty for centuries and have pretty much done a good job.
Secretary by Day, Royalty by Night
Embassy Worker Remotely Rules a Ghanaian Town
By Paul SchwartzmanWashington Post Staff Writer
Wednesday, September 16, 2009
The king folds her own laundry, chauffeurs herself around Washington in a 1992 Honda and answers her own phone. Her boss's phone, too.
Peggielene Bartels lives in Silver Spring and works as a secretary. When she steps off an airplane in Ghana on Thursday, arriving in the coastal town her family has controlled for half a century, she will be royalty -- with a driver, a chef and an eight-bedroom palace, albeit one in need of repairs she will help finance herself.
"I'm a big-time king, you know," said Bartels, seated at her desk at the Ghanaian embassy just off Van Ness Street NW, where she has worked for almost 30 years.
Read more about this unique royal leader here.