Celebrating a Centenarian (Post-Celebration Edition)
The Story of Mama Ntim of Abetifi-Kwahu
by Gladys Ntim Abankwa-Meier-Klodt
A person is a person because of other people", a popular Zulu folk saying tells us.
Mrs Elizabeth Akosua Adobea Ntim, née Opong, popularly known as Mama Ntim, became a centenarian on July 17th, 2010.
Written to commemorate this very special occasion, her story is retold in a historical context, chronicling the diverse human connections that preceded and subsequently shaped the lives of Mama and her over one-hundred and fifty-five direct descendants.
Gladys V. Ntim Abankwa-Meier-Klodt, was brought up in North America and Ghana by two career diplomats. A microbiologist with under- and postgraduate degrees from McGill University, she belatedly discovered her affinity for the creative arts, and having nominally defected from the natural sciences, spends her time travelling, designing, writing and painting, when not conducting cross-cultural workshops. Married to a German diplomat since 1988, Gladys is the author of "Delhi's Diplomatic Domains: Chanceries and Residences of Chanakyapuri and Imperial New Delhi", and recently returned to Berlin after a 3-year stay in India.