Author: Patricia Weaver
Come take an adventurous romantic interlude to a historical black African ancient kingdom known as Kush. Famous for their beautiful walled cities, pyramids, and fountains, ancient Kush was located just south of Egypt, in present day Sudan. Its people were renown for being fantastic archers and ironworkers, in addition to world traders and herdsmen of cattle. Elephants and black stallions were used in the army and pageantry of this wealthy black African civilization where gold and diamonds were abundant. The story takes place around the first century BC: The king of Kush wishes to prearrange a marriage with his son to a beautiful black African princess, Ashaki, who lives in the African kingdom of Shaba. The proud princess Ashaki however has no desire to be queen over Kush, as can be seen in the following exchange between the princess and her father: “Kush is one of the most splendid and powerful countries in the world. It should be every girl’s dream to be a queen over such a wonderful land!” “But I am a princess now! Why do I need to go to Kush to be princess there?” “Ah, Ashaki,” sighed the king in an exasperated tone. “Even princesses have responsibilities. Our people count on us.” “I’ve already heard this part, father. I can not marry Machupa and that’s final! If he is so great, let a Kushite girl marry him!” ... Of course, the princess does agree to go to Kush with her friends to see once and for all what the country is like and to meet its heir prince… with an outcome unexpected by everyone. Experience the splendor of ancient black Africa and one of its most important ancient civilizations – Kush – in this fictionalized story meant to appeal to both children and adults alike.