In every society story telling has been an integral part of daily life. It has always been used to convey and portray open or hidden messages as well as advisory words to the wise.
Growing up in Africa was a unique opportunity for the author, Prince Dr. Anyangwe Ngassa, to hear many such stories. Stories were told at home by the grandparents, some elderly relatives as well as in schools by classmates. Now with the unset of the digital age it’s very difficult to find such original African tales. The author of this tale has now begun to professionally incorporate such original African tales from his home country Cameroon into his publishing activities. He paid much attention to the illustration of the story and was very lucky to engage his compatriot, Tanka Fonta, who did the job by hand. Fonta is a Cameroonian artist who has understood how to put into painting the spirit of the story vividly narrated by Prince Dr. Anyangwe Ngassa. Reading through the book one can relive the greatness of African painting and storytelling. The colourful narration and the smoothly flowing texts keeps the reader dumbfounded right through till the end of the story. Due to the beautiful illustrations the book is good for pre-school children as well as school children. Even adults would have their fun reading through this great innovation which still has to find its equal.
The story narrated by Prince Dr. Anyangwe Ngassa is about the leader of the tortoises, Pa Toroki. God sent an invitation to all animals on earth for a heavenly banquet. The birds, who are the bearers of the message, deliberately decide not to invite the tortoises. However, Pa Toroki comes to learn about that and is determined to attend the heavenly banquet personally. Would he succeed?