Badin is Sweden's forgotten Black prince. There was no one like him in 18th century Europe. Yet, his name and accomplishments have languished in the dust-bin of history—only to be mentioned by some who wished to slander him and refuse his place as a dignified son of the Swedish Queen who adopted him.
This Kickstarter campaign is about changing that dynamic. The historical Badin is a symbol of strength, intellect, brilliance and a shining beacon of hope for the despised, unloved and rejected men and women of society. These are orphans, immigrants, indigenous people and those with the darkest of skin in white society.
So I wrote, illustrated and self-published an historical fiction graphic novel about Badin. In this fast-paced 18th century story, he leads his siblings on an adventure to save the future of humanity. This graphic novel, Badin and the Secret of the Saami, portrays Badin as a legend of mythical status who binds the past with the future for a better world.
The historical Badin was adopted by the Swedish Queen Lovisa Ulrika in the mid-1750's. Even though as a child he was born in to slavery and given as a gift to the Queen by the Danes, Badin was not her slave. She gave him equal status among her own children with the same education, privileges and patronage as a member of the Royal Family and a noble into his adult years.
Unfortunately, the government, the Monarchy, many historians and writers have ignored—and sometimes slandered—Badin throughout the centuries. He has never been acknowledged as Queen Lovisa’s son nor considered a prince. If you fund this project, I will have the Badin and the Secret of the Saami Graphic Novel translated into Swedish, and on May 1, 2018 I will go to Sweden to talk to Swedes about their forgotten lost prince. Then, I will personally petition the Swedish government and Monarchy to officially acknowledge Badin as a son of the Queen and a prince of the Kingdom of Sweden.
In 2013, I had the honor of being a guest star on the Swedish Television show Allt För Sverige. Through the generosity of Swedes and my participation on the show, I was able to reconnect my mother’s family with their long-forgotten relatives and complete the missing parts of their family tree.
While in Sweden, I experienced things which showed me that Sweden needs Badin and this graphic novel. The rising tidal wave of anti-Black propaganda, xenophobia and disrespect for indigenous Saami culture is growing quickly in Sweden. The safety and dignity of these groups must be protected and nurtured. This is not unlike what is happening in the United States regarding Islamophobia, hatred of Mexicans and the trampling of Native American’s ancestral land rights.
I know about the goodness of both Sweden and the United States. However, I also know about their history in the peculiar institution known as slavery. This fact had repercussions that reverberate clearly in modern times. White guilt. Black inferiority. Assimilation. Immigration. Hatred for Muslims. All of this is a symptom of a deeper problem which can only be addressed when the wrong deeds are acknowledged and atonement is made. Official recognition of Badin as a member of the Royal Family can be a major step in the atonement process.
Swedish children of immigrants, orphans from other countries adopted by Swedes, those of Saami culture and the Blacks known as Afrosvenskar need a role model from history so they can be inspired to be outstanding leaders in their country. Such an example is Badin. He was educated in French, German and Swedish. He was a writer, poet, scholar and performer. He was a soldier, a Freemason and died with multiple properties and one of the largest personal libraries in Sweden.
Your funds will pay for a professional translator for the Swedish edition of Badin and the Secret of the Saami, a professional editor (who will also edit the English edition to be released on May 1, 2017) the printing and shipping of books to contacts I will make among non-governmental organizations in Sweden, the Swedish government and the Monarchy. It will also pay for my journey to Sweden in 2018 when I will do presentations for the people in the south, central and north of Sweden. This includes getting a personal meeting with the heads of Swedish and Saami Parliament and last, but not least, the Swedish King and Queen.
Please support my efforts to translate Badin and the Secret of the Saami into Swedish and use it to give Badin the honor and respect he deserves. Thank you.
Risks and challenges
The Graphic Novel is complete. You do not need to worry about production. The English edition only requires a final pass-through by my chief editor Kay Hutchings-Olsson. She has been very reliable in other projects, such as my children’s books Knös the Giant and the Swedish Girl of Motala. One project was also a Kickstarter that funded the translation of the historical Badin’s diary.
However, the Swedish Edition requires translation and re-placing of text. This will be done by Simon H. His translation will be edited by Kay Hutchings-Olsson. He too has been a reliable helper with translating Knös the Giant and The Swedish Girl of Motala.
The deadline for the release of the Swedish Edition of Badin and the Secret of the Saami will be January 1, 2018. Since I am wholly independent as a self-publisher, I must work on entering the Swedish text during my days off from work. Although this is by far not as labor-intensive as writing, illustrating and paginating, I will need to take my time to do it right.
The complete manifestation of your funding for this project will be extended over the course of 15 months. Rewards, however, will be fulfilled within the first 2 months. Much of my time after that will be in the creation of the Swedish Edition of Badin and the Secret of the Saami. If you want the Swedish Edition in place of the English, you will need to wait until January 1, 2018. Should the project be funded, I will be contacting you to confirm which edition you desire.
My number of contacts in Sweden are small at this point. However, I have many friends that have pledged to help me meet important decision makers and connect me with the public at large. Getting the Swedish Edition of Badin and the Secret of the Saami in their hands as soon as possible—before my arrival on May 1, 2018—will be my priority.
It is possible that I will not be successful getting Badin acknowledged as a member of the Royal Family and prince while in Sweden next year. However, interest in him would grow exponentially and it might occur at a later date if I inspire enough people to speak up for him.Learn about accountability on Kickstarter
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