Threads of Gold Beads

Genre: Fiction


Thread of Gold Beads chronicles the tumultuous life of Amelia, daughter of the last independent King of Danhomè, King Gbèhanzin. She is the apple of her father’s eye, loved beyond measure by her mother, and overprotected by her siblings. She searches for her own place within the palace amidst conspirators and traitors to the Kingdom. Just when Amelia begins to feel at home in her role as a Princess, a well-kept secret shatters the perfect life she knows. Someone else within the palace also knows and does everything to bring the secret to light. A struggle between good and evil ensues causing Amelia to leave all that she knows and loves. She must flee Danhomè with her brother, to south-western Nigeria. In a faraway land, she finds the love of a new family and God. The well-kept secret thought to have been dead and buried, resurrects with the flash of a thread of gold beads. Amelia must fight for her life and what is left of her soul.

Set during the French- Danhomè war of the late 1890s in Benin Republic and early 1900s in Abeokuta and Lagos, South-Western Nigeria, Thread of Gold Beads is a delicate love story and coming of age tale of a young girl.  It clearly depicts the strength of the human spirit in the face of adversities.

About the Author

Nike Campbell-Fatoki was born in Lvov, Ukraine to Nigerian parents.  She holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Economics from Howard University and a Master of Arts degree in International Development from American University, Washington, DC. Presently, she is a budget and finance manager in the municipal government in the Washington DC area. She dabbles in poetry, has a passion for mentoring and is an advocate for domestic violence victims. She loves traveling, watching movies and listening to music.  Her passion continues to be having a positive impact in people’s lives where ever she goes.  She does this through various platforms including writing, blogging, and public speaking.  She is presently writing a collection of short stories.   She lives in the Washington DC area with her family.


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