Once upon a time, there lived a very humble girl called Antobam. She lived with her step mother and father. Antobam’s mother died while giving birth to her earning her the name Antobam transliterating not meeting parent or parents. Her stepmother despised her and made her do all the house chores. She slept in the dusty kitchen with the ants, cockroaches, mice and rats. Because she was a good girl, the cockroaches, ants, mice and rats protected her instead of harming her. Her father could not protect her because he feared his wife Okom.

Her stepmother gave birth to four boys after her and in addition to the one boy she brought to the house as Antobam’s step brother. One day, she was sleeping in the kitchen in the night when Bediako, her step brother came in and raped her. She told her father about it in the morning but he was not able to do anything about it. In the Village of Tanoso, any girl who got pregnant before marriage was banished.

Three months after the incident, the whole village of Tanoso realized Antobam was pregnant. The chief of the village called Mr. Abronoma and his daughter to face the court of the village. She was found guilty of breaching the laws of the land and was immediately banished. Bediako denied raping her and was spared because of lack of evidence.

Antobam’s father gave her a gourd of water, some food and sent her on her journey with tears streaming down his face shamelessly.

 Antobam feared her shadows in the evil forest. She feared the sounds of the village and the deep darkness. She prayed to the gods of her fathers and dead mother to provide her with light and rid her of fear. After some time, the moon came smiling down at her, paving the way for her eyes to lead her through.

She was filled with happiness and contentment. But a roar from the bush sent her sprawling down a mountain of rocks. She fainted only to wake up in a huge bed. There were three people sitting by her bedside. She was startled, pinching herself to wake up from her perceived dream only to feel the pains of her nails.  She asked where she was and was told that she had a miscarriage. She cried, and asked how she came to be there. She was told she was found in the forest by the prince who went hunting in the deepest forest.

She was baffled to see the handsome prince who sat on her bed with worry written all over his face. He later arranged for her to be tutored after hearing her story. She became the princes’ wife and later became the wisest queen of Apemso.

Days turned into weeks, weeks turned into months and months turned into years when hunger and his wife thirst visited all villages except Apemso. Many people from far and near came to Apemso for food and water. She went to the place where they were selling the food and saw her father and four brothers battling to be in the cue. They were very happy to see her. She asked about her stepmother, Okom, and was told she had become a sickler. She was also told Bediako was eaten by a lion who just surfaced in their house the day she left the village.

Antobam, who was now called Ohemaa Serwaa Ampaafo asked some of her men to bring her wicked stepmother to Ampemso to be fed and well taken care of. When her brothers asked why she was doing that, she told them forgiveness the most divine thing on earth. She advised them to take a cue from her story and learn to forgive easily as forgiveness does not only free the mind but also makes the soul grow. She lived with her biological family and her new family happily ever after.

    Amoafowaa Sefa Cecilia ©2014.Image

By amoafowaa

Just a simple Ghanaian trying to find the best in our society. I may be fun, I may be interesting, I may be funny, I may even be foolish or intelligent, but it is all based on the mood in which you find yourself. I believe our minds make us who we are. Know that, pain, no matter its 'unbearability', is transient. Unburden or delight yourself for a while in my writings please. And all corrections, advice and opinions are welcome. Know that you are the king, queen or royal on this blog. :)


Eiiiiiiii! Mama! Please where were you last week? I was busy searching for this type of story to supplement my assignment o. Oooh! It pains me papa it was a novel and also just about forgiveness oo. By the way thank you and keep it up. Nice story I love it waaaaaa……..


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