On the borders of the Ashanti kingdom lived rather hostile nations who were always mounting raids into lands belonging to the Ashanti nation. One of these was the caliphate ruled by the Khalifa situated on the north-west border of Ashanti.
During one of their raids, the warriors of the Khalifa kidnapped three Ashanti Princesses who were sent to represent the Great King of Ashanti at a festival in one of the villages. All attempts to rescue the Princesses failed and to make it even more difficult, the Khalifa had denied that the Princesses were in his caliphate.
In search for a solution, the Great King called a crisis meeting of his inner court to find a way to solve the problem. They all agreed that great caution needed to be taken in any rescue attempt to ensure that the Princesses were brought back safe and alive. The question of mounting another expedition to fight the Khalifa was ruled out as it was seen that, this would endanger the lives of the Princesses.
So, the Great King sent out his messengers to all corners of his kingdom throwing a challenge to all creatures that he would give more wealth and honour to the one who would successfully bring back the three Princesses without a fight with the Khalifa and his people. All the Chiefs in the land asked the 'gong-gongs' to be sounded and the royal decree conveyed to the people. Days went into months with no volunteers to take on the Great King's challenge. Everyone was afraid to come forward and went about their usual work.
Even the promise of land and honour could not entice anyone to come forward to take on the challenge. The people in the village where Anansi lived were also expressing such doubts and fears about volunteering to take on the challenge.
Anansi, known to be a creature that does not shy from danger and adventure, decided to volunteer to take on the challenge to rescue the Princesses and to claim the reward. Anansi is a clever trickster who is able to wrangle his way through a lot of scrapes; and although he claims this for himself, people see him as a clever creature with great wisdom and often consult him on matters of importance.
So, one day, without informing his wife, Aso, and his children, Anansi set out to travel to the palace to volunteer for the Great King's challenge.
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