herstory: QUEEN OF SHEBA

In 1982, after carving for about a year, I decided on art works with earrings and necklaces. Made from one piece of wood.

In the thinking of a sculptor at the time, I wasn’t sure how to make it without breaking something.  So I showed the sketch to a tool operator in Ghana where I was living at the time. Based upon the technique they use in making furniture I had my answer. He released the idea from improbable to the possible.

The decision for the name was because I read about the story of a wealthy Queen of Sheba in the Bible. The queen went on a journey to visit a King of Israel named Solomon who was reputed to be also wealthy and the wisest person alive.

Queen of Sheba decided to prove for herself if the accounts of King Solomon’s wealth and wisdom were true. She would test him by asking him to solve  some riddles. It was so important to her that she took a lot spices and jewels as a gift to King Solomon. So much so, it is recorded in the Bible that there has never been more gifts given since.

The story is also found in the Qurʾān, the Talmud and Midrash and also Ethiopian literature.

This black history month will you use every method to go and gain the knowledge needed to advance yourself?

How much will you indulge your Time, using your Talent and spending your Treasure for answers and more knowledge?

Because gaining information can potentially get you whatever you need, to help your family, advance your community, define your city and change your nation.

Perhaps, forever.


Kwamena and Penelope Cudjoe in Accra Ghana







Founders of AMAC Foods – Penelope and Kwamena Cudjoe – are a Ghanaian-
American couple who started their company in the US out of love for Ghanaian and African dishes and the need to make cooking nutritious, convenient and easy for all.

Through AMAC Foods, they provide high-quality food products to domestic and
international clients and their key product, EasyN Tasty Jollof rice, was launched four years ago. EasyNTasty is a Ghanaian formulated prepackaged rice using unique blends of homegrown West African recipes dating back 150 years to produce two varieties, spicy and mild Jasmine and Parboiled Jollof rice.

Indeed, Penelope and Kwamena decided bringing AMAC Foods to Ghana would be
perfect during the Year of Return – a massive campaign by Ghana’s Tourism
Authority to commemorate 400 years since the first slave ship arrived in Jamestown, Virginia USA in 1619 and to reunite African-Americans and the Diaspora to their Ghanaian roots.

Pene says emphatically: “Our trip to Ghana was beyond our expectations.”