Grand Rapids is a sister city of Ga District, and the town of Adenkrebi is in Ga District.
Through this connection, the Calvin program developed a relationship with Adenkrebi, which
is why our students spend one week there (see the last post).
When Don De Graaf, Calvin's Off-Campus Programs director, visited a couple week ago,
we were expected to pay a call on the chief of Adenkrebi, which of course we did.
About a week later, on the day Don was to return to the US, chief Nana Nkama III
paid us a return visit in my flat.
Here are a few pictures
|The stool up close. Don managed to get the stool into his|
luggage and brought it back to Calvin.
|As the event unfolded, we were pretty glad we had thought to make|
a gift to the chief (and thus, to Akenkrebi) too.
It was just boring money, but we hope it is nevertheless appreciated.
The chief's wife did us the honor of receiving it.
When you get into a relationship like this, things can happen
that you're not expecting. At the close of our meeting, the chief surprised us
by saying he'd talked it over with the elders of the community and they
have decided to give us an acre of land in the community to do with as we please.
So, what do we please? We'll have to work on that one.
Here's another interesting point. You may wonder if the chief just sits around
all day on his stool admiring his fine robe and gold chains. Nope! In his civilian
life, he owns and operates an electronics store. He dresses like this only for
ceremonial functions, like visiting Rolando!!!!