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The Book

African Queen

Authored by Richard S Godfrey 
Designed by Kris Weber 
Illustrated by Michael Veronin 

A biographical tour of East Africa - three Kenyan women, including Mama Sarah Obama, have a dramatic impact on an evolving culture. Narrated by a surgeon volunteering on medical missions during a time of political change, the story of women changing the country's future explores themes of eusocial behavior. Resource allocation, population, and climate change are contrasted with the role of Apis Mellifera and Apis Scutellata, the European and African honeybees.
How does the queen bee regulate her hive, and how does the colony regulate the queen? These relationships are described along with the concept of a super organism. The biology of bees and humans is seen to be interrelated in the adventures of novice beekeepers working with hunting foraging tribes. The tales of mothers and wild bees leads to a metaphor of how Kenyans and Americans build better friendships and inspire each other.

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