Bound to Tradition

By: Akinyi Princess of K’Orinda-Yimbo

Erik watched her as she ate and talked. There was the little lady who had been tutored by some prim and proper English old maid in deportment, etiquette and what have you. Then there was the African jungle side of her that had a savage nobility, an untainted edge, an unaffected grace and inborn dignity, an intensely reverent pride even in the way she said: Great ancestors. Coupled with her veiled, mysterious sexuality, she was an overwhelming enigma.

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This is not only exotic, culturally stimulating and not run-of-the-mill Harlequin, it’s an intercultural study. The book is for the discerning and culturally savvy africanists. Set in Kenya and Europe, the love story between the young Kenyan girl Khira and the Swedish industrialist Erik takes place between 1952-1978. Ever heard of A Many Splendoured Thing? Well this is the African version of that. Read the excerpt below:

“Love is enclosed in a shell of understanding like a pearl. But when it’s tortured by its own hunger and thirst, it breaks its way out of the shell, damaging its own delicate and sensitive smoothness in the process, to go seeking the nourishment it craves. Yet because it’s no longer encased in that shell of understanding, love is now like a ship in the tempest of the seas with neither a rudder nor a sail. Or like the caged taking wing. The ship can only be still-bound in mid-seas, or toss and drift, but it cannot sail smoothly. Nor can the caged fly away. My father’s daughter’s love for her warlord is forever encased in its shell of understanding, son of your father.”

He remained silent for a while, and then raised his head to her smiling face. Wonderingly to himself in Swedish, he said, “She’s too good for me. I don’t deserve her.” She ran her fingers through his animal fur and stroked his temple, laughing softly at his mumbling but saying nothing more. And then in English, “Who are you, my soul, who are you?” he asked.
“Your soul, warlord.”

About Akinyi Princess of K’Orinda-Yimbo

Akinyi Princess of K’Orinda-Yimbo was born on the shores of Lake Victoria in Kisumu, the capital city of Luoland, Kenya; at a very young age (when she was too small to say “sod off!” as she puts it), she was sent to private school in Yorkshire, England. She is a graduate journalist of the Nairobi and the London Schools of Journalism as well as an economics graduate of the London School of Economics (1981-1987). She moved to Bavaria, Germany, where she studied Germanistics and Germanspecific economics (1993 to 1997). She has been writing as a freelance journalist since 1980, serving as a columnist with various dailies and monthly magazines in Africa and Europe. She gives lectures and seminars in various German universities, colleges and high schools on topics ranging from socio-economy in Africa, Business English, Intercultural Communication, African literature and the socio-ethnological conflicts in the traditions of Africans and Europeans in particular, and the West in general. She was the CEO of her companies Eur-AfrAsia Association for Quality Management & Intercultural Communications Training, and PAKY Investment Holdings Ltd. She gave up both posts in order to devote her time to her passion: writing. She is now only Chairman on the Board of Directors. She has written and published articles, papers, and a novel in German: Khiras Traum, and Bound to Tradition. Her nonfiction book Darkest Europe and Africa’s Nightmare: A crtical Observation of Neighboring Continents was published in 2008 by a New York publisher. She is alsoa columnist with The African Times (Times Media, Berlin). She speaks seven languages, is married to a German politician, has a son and lives in Bavaria.

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