Book Excerpt from The Beardless Man of Tornobia & Other Stories


I’m happy to share an excerpt today from folklore / children’s tales novel “The Beardless Man of Tornobia & Other Stories”. Enjoy the excerpt!

Book Excerpt



…Kachana did not go home. She hid behind Azumah’s compound and the moment she left her hut for the bush, she followed her at a safe distance until she reached the silk cotton tree where she again sang her song and the tree opened its trunk to allow her to enter. This time, Kachana waited until Azumah came out of the tree which was around sunset and made her way towards the village.

From that time onwards, Kachana followed Azumah to the silk cotton tree whenever Azumah  visited the tree until she could sing the song Azumah always sung by heart. Then she decided to try her luck one day.

That day, she stalked Azumah as usual and after she had tapped three times on the trunk of the silk cotton tree and sung her song, Kachana also performed the `same act and the tree opened for her.

   Once inside the tree, she was confused and did not know what to do. She knew she had to watch and imitate Azumah closely if she was to survive her adventure. But when she looked up again, Azumah was gone. Instead, Kachana found herself surrounded by a thick bush. She was just trying to make her way through the bush when she thought she heard voices arguing. She turned around and saw the most gruesome sight she had ever seen.

She saw first one big head hopping up and down talking angrily to two smaller heads joined together. There was a big log in front of them and they were arguing about who should carry it. “Go on father carry it”, the two smaller heads pleaded. “That log is too heavy for us”.

 “I cannot carry it alone,” the big head protested. “It is too heavy for me alone.”

Then they spoke to Kachana. “Child from the world of humans, who has been blessed with everything, help us to carry our firewood.”

About the Book

THE BEARDLESS MAN BOOK - BOOK COVERTitle: The Beardless Man of Tornabia and other stories

Author: Bernice Agyekwena

Genre: Folklore and Children’s Tales

In the grand storytelling tradition of ‘One Thousand and One Nights’ comes “The Beardless Man of Tornabia & Other Stories” by Bernice Agyekwena.

‘The Beardless Man of Tornabia & Other Stories’ is a collection of original African fairy tales rooted in the traditional beliefs, practices, myths and cultural practices of the peoples of Africa. It shares the same characteristics with traditional fairytales from all over the world. These include common themes such as an ordinary girl getting married to a personage of royalty, deprived children finding a benefactor, as well as tales examining the eternal battle between right and wrong, good and evil.

So, re-discover Africa with this vivid and exciting collection of unique African fairy tales, deeply rooted in African myths, folklore and cultural traditions, with the very talented Bernice Agyekwena in her stunning debut work for children and adults of all ages.

Author Bio

AUTHOR PHOTO - BERNICE AGYEKWENABorn in Ghana, Bernice Agyekwena attended the Ghana Institute of Journalism from where she graduated with a Diploma in Journalism. She later joined the Ghana News Agency after her National Service in 1991 where she covered issues ranging from politics, health, economics and agriculture to issues on the environment, climate change, culture and human rights. Bernice also holds a Masters Degree in Social Communication from the Pontifical Gregorian University in Rome and a Bachelors Degree in Social Science from the same university.

‘The Beardless Man of Tornabia & Other Stories’ is

Bernice Agyekwena’s first published work.






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