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Georged21
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Twelve Camels For Your Wife

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Hello Everyone, CH seems a long time ago (I left in 1968). I now live in a traditional Turkish village about 90 minutes drive inland from Izmir. To celebrate my 49 year love affair with Turkey I have written a book called Twelve Camels For Your Wife....but before you scroll on (only joking)....you should know that in 5 days out of NINE MILLION books on Amazon it's now in the top few hundred. Check out the stats. If you want a sample chapter send me an e mail to gdearsley@aol.com. Stay safe and happy

https://www.amazon.co.uk/Twelve-Camels- ... 920&sr=1-1
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Welcome George.

I left Hertford in 1965, in 69 I went to Northern Ghana as a VSO, but I don’t think I can have been as beautiful as the wife in your book title! A chief only offered Four Cows and Seven Goats for me. He had 16 wives and 42 children already, but I’d have become number one wife, or so he said. I’ve told that story many times in the intervening years.

I’ll send you an email.
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Katharine wrote: Tue Apr 13, 2021 4:17 pm A chief only offered Four Cows and Seven Goats for me. He had 16 wives and 42 children already, but I’d have become number one wife, or so he said. I’ve told that story many times in the intervening years.
I can understand that if he was Akan. (In English, Ashanti as in the war) We had a couple of their tribe in the office and the idea was to get them grossly overweight to appeal to a prospective husband who would know the father had plenty of cows etc. You must have been slim or even slimmer!
Other tribes had different ideas - you probably came across tribal markings (we were required to learn them) for example. On popular (very respectable and pleasant) lady, Elizabeth Sam, was so slim you could see the pencil behind her (almost both side). Ah, memories!!!

My wife tells that where she was brought up a wife was ten cows, a second hand wife five. I got her free (but she was Italian and not Zulu)
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At the time I was in the far north of the country, close to the border with Upper Volta, now Burkina Faso. The tribes there were vey fragmented and definitely not Akan.

As to tribal markings, I used to be able to recognise the local ones, they varied a lot in number and depth of cut.
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Katharine wrote: Thu Apr 15, 2021 1:16 pm At the time I was in the far north of the country, close to the border with Upper Volta, now Burkina Faso. The tribes there were vey fragmented and definitely not Akan.
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sejintenej wrote: Wed Apr 14, 2021 3:45 pm
Katharine wrote: Tue Apr 13, 2021 4:17 pm A chief only offered Four Cows and Seven Goats for me. He had 16 wives and 42 children already, but I’d have become number one wife, or so he said. I’ve told that story many times in the intervening years.
I can understand that if he was Akan. (In English, Ashanti as in the war) We had a couple of their tribe in the office and the idea was to get them grossly overweight to appeal to a prospective husband who would know the father had plenty of cows etc. You must have been slim or even slimmer!
Other tribes had different ideas - you probably came across tribal markings (we were required to learn them) for example. On popular (very respectable and pleasant) lady, Elizabeth Sam, was so slim you could see the pencil behind her (almost both side). Ah, memories!!!

My wife tells that where she was brought up a wife was ten cows, a second hand wife five. I got her free (but she was Italian and not Zulu)
In some parts of Nigeria, they actually have fattening schools for prospective brides, with copious amounts of food and all over body massages to iron out the cellulite...
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Just to update everyone...12 Camels has now sold 359+ copies and had 60+ excellent reviews on Amazon....read another reviews here....https://tinyurl.com/r3vnuczc[url]https: ... m/r3vnuczc[/url]

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George Dearsley
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