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General Fiction » The Moon Has Its Secrets

The Moon Has Its Secrets

by Barbara Makeda Blake-Hannah

Published: 06 - 2017
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Little more than legend is known about \'NANNY OF THE MAROONS\', named Jamaica\'s first and only female National Heroine in 1975. \'Nanny\' was not her original name, but an honorary African title of \'Queen\'.  Few facts exist about her, but her legend shines out from brave revolutionary history of the Maroons. This fiction honours her memory and the inspiration she has given to countless Jamaican women.

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Title: The Moon Has Its Secrets
Author: Barbara Makeda Blake-Hannah
ISBN: 978-1500694647
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Pages: 206
Published: 06 - 2017

Kofia was born as a young girl in West Africa, raised with a warrior spirit and taught the  tribal Moon Secrets of womanhood by her mother.  Captured and taken by ship to enslavement in Jamaica, she never forgets these lessons and hands them down through the generations she bears, to give her female descendants a link to their African home and ancestors.

The story tells of Kofia\'s life as a slave on a St. James sugar plantation, her escape with her Quamin, her Coromante lover to the Cockpit Country hideout of the runaway Maroons, where she joins the fight for freedom in the First Maroon War. She gives birth to 3 children, who grow as free Maroons, joining in the freedom wars fought against the British, until a truce is proposed. Her son Cudjo becomes the Maroon leader. Her daughter Bella, refusing to follow Cudjo and sign a Peace Treaty with the British colonists, \'flies\' to Portland in Eastern Jamaica and becomes a chieftaness who not only builds the Maroon communities and villages, but whose bravery, military tactics and wisdom as a leader elevate her to the title of NANNY. Her fame becomes legendary.

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Book Reviews:

By Hubert Guscotton December 31, 2014 As a descendant of the Portland Maroons, THE MOON HAS ITS SECRETS was very personal for me. As I read the book, the stories that I heard about the Maroons from my father became more real to me. In a larger sense, it reminds us of the horrors of slavery. The book reminds us that we must respect and value women in our society. We must also respect and honor our elders. It reminds us of the rich culture that Africans took to Jamaica. It reminds us of the struggles for equal rights and justice in Jamaica. It reminds us of the role of Marcus Garvey in instilling African pride in a people who had lost their identity.It reminds us of the role of the Rastafarian movement in making a spiritual and biblical connection with Emperor Hailie Selassie.The book concludes with THE AFRICAN PLEDGE. Ms. Blake Hannah truly exemplifies the pledge, and delivers a history lesson that should be taught around the world.                                                                     Byisland womanon October 8, 2014 Reading the Moon has its Secrets, highlited the strength of a woman from birth to womanhood, it shows the positive sharing your mother share with you from birth, is a survival kit life is a journeythat can be used by every one who goes into survival mode when face with a major obsticle.This book should be added to every house hold and become a conversational piece, becase the community begins at home, if you are prepared you will survive the odds you encounter outside your community, as in Kofia journey, Kofia shared survival information with her children , that was born in Jamaica Nanny. Nanny calm proud and collective when face with obstacles, her planning mode and acomplishment came from way back in her Mothers, home land, she did not ask why her she just took the necessary action of survival and went into the Team leadership mode which is so necessary, and now lacking in todays generation it was not a me survival but and us. life is a journey .Thanks Barbara Blake-hannah for this awesome information in this book I strongly recommend it to be added in the classroom

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