Radio 4 – Home Truths – Ghanaian Princess – BBC
|Princess Akua Ohenewaa Asieanem of Kokobin is otherwise known as Stephanie Benson. She’s a 34 year old Ghanaian Princess. Her father was a pharmaceutical millionaire who married Queen Nana Boahemah II, his 4th wife. Queen Nana wanted her daughter Stephanie to become Queen after her death. So at 14, Stephanie was sent to Britain to live with her uncle so he could prepare her for the role of Queen.
While working for her uncle at De Beers, Stephanie met Jon, whom she started meeting secretly and they fell in love. To her uncle’s horror, but her mothers support, Stephanie accepted Jon’s proposal of marriage and the offer of a more sedate family life in Britain.
Well, they now have five beautiful children – but the initial adjustment wasn’t easy as Stephanie, used to a life of luxury, couldn’t cook or clean and spent money on credit without realising it had to be paid back!
They have made it through though and Stephanie, as well as being a very capable wife and mother, has continued to pursue a career for herself as a jazz singer – the singing Ghanaian Princess…
Listen to Stephanie & Jon’s story
Africa: Ghana: The Ashanti Kingdom
Stephanie is putting together a theatre show as the Singing Ghanaian Princess entitled REFLECTIONS at the Mick Jagger Centre, Dartford, Kent, on 10 Oct 2003. Contact the Box Office on 01322 291100. Stephanie is raising money for Water Aid Ghana by donating £2 per ticket towards the Charity and by doing a parachute jump on 1st October.
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