One of my poems is called “Just a country Boy”. I grew up on a_D3S6667_095.JPG farm in the Treaty 6 territory of Saskatchewan, Canada, at a time when farming was still a way of life and community was a place where neighbours helped each other. Out of that upbringing has come a life-long appreciation for the importance of community and an enjoyment of outdoor living. Opportunities to try new experiences and live in new surroundings have afforded me the blessing to live not only on the Saskatchewan prairies but also in West Africa.

This blog was started when I was living in Ghana and many of the posts relate to that time. Since then life has taken me on new paths and thus the blog follows course. Life is good.

I sometimes wear a gold ring made for me in Ghana. It features two traditional Adinkra symbols chosen as reminders to be grateful for my life and to do so with confidence and humility.





“that which does not burn ”

symbol of imperishability and endurance

This symbol gets its meaning from traditional priests that were able to walk on fire without burning their feet, an inspiration to others to endure and overcome difficulties. It reminds me I am a firewalker and must embrace life’s challenges in order to move forward.




“sword of war “

symbol of courage, valour, and heroism

The crossed swords were a popular motif in the heraldic shields of many former Akan states. In addition to recognizing courage and valour, the swords can represent legitimate state authority.  The symbol is often associated with traditional chieftaincy.

I don’t pretend to be a hero or to be particularly courageous but I was installed as Nkosuohene (development chief) of the Edubiase Traditional Area in the the Ashanti Region of Ghana. The name given to me is Nana Akwasi Amoako Agyeman. The lifetime position reminds me that we all have leadership roles to play in our lives, and we should try our best to fulfill them.

12 Responses to “About Me”

  1. Lynda Holland (Dutch) Says:

    Hi Rod,
    Congratulations on your new book! Note that in your email you listed the website as It should be .org
    All the best. I’m in Mexico right now – since Jan. 13. I fly home in a week.
    Take care.

  2. I’m gladder now than before on hearing that you’re a great king of Africa,Ghana. Live forever Nana.I’d be ever joyful when I have the privilege of seeing you one on one. I’m a missionary. The site I provided is our site for missionary works. Please check out what we’ve done so far for the poor in the impoverished villages. I’d try to get a copy of your masterpiece when it comes out. Has it been out yet?

  3. Jesse Sewell Says:


    I love your blog and your personal story. I too have a great love for Africa and currently live in South Carolina. I am part of an international fellowship of Churches that is very active in Africa, mostly in the Southern half, but with ministries and Churches led by Africans, all over the continent. I am interested to know if you think there is demand for more agricultural equipment in Africa? I work for a company that is marketing a small 30hp tractor that could allow a rural farmer the ability to till about 10 acres per day. This same machine also has a drill attachment for making wells, an auger, buckets for loading bricks or stone, grapples for handling logs, forks for moving and planting trees, concrete mixing bowl, etc., etc. These machines are small and inexpensive and I think they would be ideal for developing countries. I really think one machine could be purchased by or for a village and really have a big impact on the agricultural output and productivity of an entire village. One machine could power a small construction company or help one man till and work about 100 acres. Let me know what you think of this idea.

    I would like to get aid groups to support the donation or subsidize the cost of these units. That is my ultimate goal.


    Jesse Sewell

  4. Michael King Says:

    Dear Nana Rod,

    I met you some years ago during 2005-06 when I was working for Chirano Gold Mines. I spent quite a few wondeful weekends at your hotel and often look at the photos reliving the amasing 2 years spent in Ghana. I’ve just recently found this new site of yours and a very happy to see that you have really become Ghanaian.
    These days I’m working in Western Australia still in mining to be close to my children but its nowhere near as exciting as mining in Ghana. I keep in contact with some old friends that worked with at the mine and I read the Ghana news papers online once in a while to keep abreast of life there. Looking at some youtube footage of Busua it looks like things haven’t changed a great deal in town. Is the guy (Nana) who had the chop house in the main street still operating? Now I’ve found you web site I’ll check it more often to see what you’re up to.
    I wish you and you family good health and happiness.



  5. Hello. Not sure if you remember, Saskatoon, Farmers Market. Black Pepper producer.

    I am doing some research on fair trade and want to know if you can help with some wage statistics?

    The sustainability of my farm here in C.R. depends upon discerning consumers who support endeavors like ours. I think people need to be better informed on some issues.
    Thanks, all the best, Carole Thomas

  6. Joe Badu Says:

    Africa “Da wa se paa” – Africa thanks you so much!! for the good work you rae doing.God bless you!!You are the type of people we need in Africa for development!! “Ayiegoo”!!

  7. Edibiase Amaniehene Says:

    I wish you still check this thread. I am from New Edubiase and i am also a chief from there. I am the Amaniehene(In charge of all customs and traditions) but currently reside Maryland in the States. There is another chief from Edubiase in Maryland who is the afenasuafoohene( sword bearers) Thanks for putting the Afahye clip on Youtube. You will be blessed gtreatly by God.

  8. bluerock / debrazone Says:

    Rod, thank you for following my site and my art. I really like the paintings you have posted so far on your site, and I hope you continue! A college art instructor (back in the mid 70’s) once wrote in my sketchbook “Draw, Draw, Draw!” I still have that particular sketchbook and that quick note he made really stuck with me. Through the ups and downs of living of life, I sometimes stopped making art, yet I have been my happiest when creating art (and poetry), and I feel like it helps me to “speak my Truth”. Last October I started painting again after a long hiatus. Your note on my little painting called “Never Stop Growing” touched me. Thanks again, oh… and by the way. I’m Canadian and my family is from Saskatchewan. I reside in California now, but I’m a Prairie girl from way back. 🙂

  9. Arthur Says:

    Hi, very excited to follow your progress on the Mana 24. I am a Hobie Adventure Island sailor I see your a trimaran sailor too. I think I beca really interested in Wharram cats from YouTube channel Lucky Fish. So when I found out about the Mana kit it was thrilled to have found it. I like that aspect if you didn’t sail it you could container ship it. Any keep up the cool posts.

    1. villagerainbows Says:

      Thanks for your interest, Arthur. Wharram cats make great sailboats – the Mana will be my second one. Where do you sail your Adventure Island?

  10. Art Says:

    Hi did you finish your Mana did you post any new pics.Thanks. Are you selling it?

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