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Four times Wagadu stood there in all her splendor. Four times Wagadu disappeared and was lost to human sight; once through vanity once through falsehood, once through greed and once through dissentation. Four times Wagadu changed her name. First she was called Dierra, then Agada, then Ganna, then Silla. Four times she turned her face. Once to"he north, once to the west, once to the east and once to the south. For Wagadu, whenever men have seen her, has always had four gates: one to the north, one to the west, one to the east and one to the southrf Those are the directions whence the strength of Wagadu comes, the strength in which she endures no matter whether she be built of stone, wood and earth or lives but as a shadow in the mind and longing of her children. For really, Wagadu is not of stone, not of wood, not of earth. Wagadu is the strength which lives in the hearts of men and is, sometimes visible because eyes see her and ears hear the clash of swords and ring of shields, and is sometimes invisible because the indomitability of men has overtired her, so that she sleeps. Sleep came to Wagadu for the first time through vanity, for the second time through falsehood, for the third time through greed and for the fourth time through dissension. Should Wagadu ever be found for the fourth time, then she will live so forcefully in the minds of men that she will never be lost again, so forcefully that vanity, falsehood, greed and dissension will never be able to harm her.

Hoooh! Dierra, Agada, Ganna, Silta! Hoooh! Fasa!

-From Gassire's Lute, An epic of old Ghana-

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Comment by Diop Malvi on August 11, 2010 at 3:07pm
Then an enlightened Superfly guides her through a- oh, you said don't give too much away. Me stop now.
Comment by Milton Davis on August 11, 2010 at 2:12pm
Good thought process. The anger in our lady needs to be deeper than employment opportunities. We're talking prejudice la Francais. The desire to return to a stylized place of equality glamorized by her parents bedtime stories and fueled by her lover. The frustration rises when she finally visits and sees the dispair caused by the same country that discriminates against her. She returns with a vow to make things right and she has the brains to do it. Let's stop before we give too much away.
Comment by Diop Malvi on August 11, 2010 at 2:03pm
GlenLivet. Just one bug nibbling at the idea.
Comment by Milton Davis on August 11, 2010 at 1:45pm
I just lost you. Must be that Vegas heat and Jack Daniels.
Comment by Diop Malvi on August 11, 2010 at 1:43pm
Okay. Engineer fed up with le glasse ceiling, a tumultuous personal life, gets an offer to head a corporation's team back to the place of ancestors. Arrives is taken to site where Wagadu once stood. Waiting there is an ancient figure Gassire, handing his lute to the engineer who proceeds to wail on it.
Comment by Milton Davis on August 11, 2010 at 1:28pm
Depends. I'm thinking engineer, someone with the technical expertise to build something lethal. Maybe he or she meets a former child soldier from the region who had the connections to raise and supply an army. Female engineer, male soldier, love for each other and their homeland. He grew up and fought there, she grew up and fantasized of her homeland. Both have the love and determination to make it happen.
Comment by Diop Malvi on August 11, 2010 at 1:23pm
Come back as a doctor, soldier, dreamer, rogue, or Chosen One? Henri ,Phillipe, or Emil?
Comment by Milton Davis on August 11, 2010 at 12:59pm
It wouldn't matter. These days he could be from China as long as the reference are straight. If he's originally from the region it's most likely he or she went to France for education. The African countries in the vicinity of old Ghana/Mali/ Songhai are all French speaking. Or he or she could be French with parents originally from said region. The character grew up hearing the stories of Wagadu as a child.
Comment by Diop Malvi on August 11, 2010 at 12:48pm
From Britain, America, or Canada? Hey I'm trying to learn!
Comment by Milton Davis on August 11, 2010 at 12:14pm
Exactly. Get out of my head! :-) Or a gifte ex-patriate who returns home with the knowledge and expertise to spark the resurrection.

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