Kweku Anansi and His New Wife

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Kweku Anansi and His New Wife

An Akan Story by Farida Salifu


Traditionally, Kweku Anansi is seen as a trickster. The word ‘Anansi’ means spider in Akan, but the character is sometimes portrayed as a man. Folk stories of Anansi originated from the Ashanti tribe in Ghana and have been passed down from generation to generation.
One day, Kweku Anansi went to God to complain that his wife was nothing more than an extra mouth to feed. He also complained that she was eating his share of the food at home. God asked Anansi, ‘What would you like me to do about this problem?’
‘God, please give me a wife with no mouth upon her face,’ replied Anansi.   
God looked upon Anans