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Eccentric Divorcee



55 year old Halfblood
5 ft. 0 in.   ❤   Divorced
played by Willow
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Ama Zabini
PROFILE

Full Name: Ama Sekai Zabini née Ayodele

Nickname(s):

Birthdate: May, 23, 1835

Age: 55

Occupation: Eccentric Divorcee

Blood Status: Halfblood

Residence: Bartonburg, Hogsmeade

Hogwarts House:

Wand: Dogwood, 10¾", light, dragon heartstring
Acquired on Diagon Alley in 1852 as per Western tradition. But recently Ama has abandoned such pretense, returning to exclusively wandless magic.

Family:
Parents: Kofi Ayodele, Uma Ayodele
Brother: Kirabo Ayodele
Husband (divorced): Cosmo Zabini [x]
Children: Victorius Zabini [x], Lavinia Margaret, Camilla Zabini [x], Bellona Zabini [x]
Grandchildren: Victorius's children, Lavinia's children
APPEARANCE
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Neat and nimble, short and stunning, quick to smile, and vibrant to the point of effervescence. Ama has kinky charcoal hair worn in a vast array of styles, and similarly will dress to suit her mood, whim, or statement of the day. She is right-handed, but practices wandless magic. Ama's broad smile will always reach her large wine-red eyes, for she will never force a smile — at least not these days.

Height: 5 ft. 0 in.
Weight: 128 lbs.
Physique: Rubenesque
Play-By: Viola Davis

PERSONALITY
In recent years, Ama has finally let loose the eccentric facets of her vast personality. She is fantastical, instinctual and entertaining, embarrassingly frank, forthcoming and unashamed, all while enjoying a variety of strange hobbies. Ama falls short of shocking or scandalising her friends or family with her whimsical ways; she is simply a known, harmless eccentric.

Patronus: Giraffe.
Amortentia: Leopard orchids, dry grass, her childrens' hair.
Boggart: Each of her children in grey cages.
OTHER

Voice: Low, melodious.
Accent: Half English, half Ghanese.
Languages: English, Asante Twi, Akan, some French.
Pets: An overabundance of exotic birds.
Special Talents: Wandless spellcaster, giraffe Animagus.

HISTORY


From green to grey, from lions to poodles, from cocoa beans to tea leaves — to Ama, London was clearly the opposite of Ghana. Ama was a doe-eyed young debutante, fresh from Uagadou and then finishing school. She was brought to England by her single-minded mother, who desired a fine English match for her beautiful daughter. The match she found for Ama was very fine, very English, and very much a purist. Cosmo Zabini took to Ama like a bird to the sky.

Although his eyes were as blue as the Gulf of Guinea and his grounded manner made her feel safe, Ama could not take their courtship seriously at first, for she was still suffering quietly from culture shock. So she was quite alarmed to find herself wed and with child in a matter of months. Slowly, with Cosmo's guiding hand, Ama accustomed herself to this strange new world; and by the time their firstborn — Victorius — came into the world, she was very much in love with her new little family. On occasion her husband and children witnessed flickers of a mischievous, eccentric side to the increasingly matriarchal Ama, but she remained a figure of great appropriacy. Proud, proper, perfect.

The subsequent decades brought the Zabini family more children, social success, and familial bliss. Until the incident. One grey day in '81, Cosmo's cousin, a genealogy enthusiast, sent word of a discovery: Ama had a muggle ancestor, unbeknownst to Ama. This rendered her halfblood, and completely inappropriate for the Zabini legacy. Horror and heartbreak followed as Cosmo divorced his beloved wife, leaving her at the centre of a public scandal. Despite this, she opted not to flee back to Ghana but to remain close to her now-grown children, even if they do not meet with her, and scavenge back some semblance of dignity.

Life was lonely as Ama proceeded to live for her brood, made comfortable by Galleons from her divorce and late parents. But in '88, another major event would change her life forever. She ventured a little too deep into the forest one morning, seeking curious new additions to her garden, when she was bit by a Venomous Tentacula. By the time she stumbled back to Hogsmeade she was minutes from death, saved only by the urgent actions of a passing healer. Ama awoke in St Mungo's days later, struck not with terror or panic, but with the startling realisation that life is a gift, mortality must be seized; she had to live not just for her family, but for herself. Never mind pride. Never mind propriety. Never mind perfection.

So began the beginnings of eccentricity at last unleashed. Ama did not tell anyone about her near-death experience, but they certainly witnessed the consequences as she began to embrace amusing new hobbies, encourage day-seizing behaviour, and even wink at people. Ama is no longer simply Cosmo Zabini's matriarchal divorcee. Ama is Ama.

Timeline:
23/05/35 Born to Kofi and Uma Ayodele in Sunyani, Ghana.
11/12/37Acquires a brother, Kirabo.
01/09/46 Starts at Uagadou School of Magic.
06/10/50 Registers as a giraffe Animagus.
31/05/51 Graduates Uagadou after Fifth Year to attend a finishing school in Accra.
31/07/52 Graduates finishing school.
07/11/52 Arrives in London, England, with her mother and brother.
Early 1853 Meets Cosmo Zabini.
Mid 1853 Marries Cosmo.
21/04/54 Ama and Cosmo's first child Victorius is born.
1857 Their second child Lavinia is born.
1864 Their third child Camilla is born.
07/07/67 Their last child Bellona is born.
1876 Lavinia marries.
1880 Victorius marries.
1881 Ama's distant muggle ancestry is discovered, tragically igniting an obligatory divorce of Cosmo from Ama. She is outcast from the family and moves out of the Zabini home in London, to Hogsmeade.
1884 Lavinia and Camilla take ill in the Laughing Plague, redoubling Ama's desire to remain close to her children even if they won't see her.
1888 Ama is bitten by a Venomous Tentacula and becomes inches from death. She does not inform her family. But she recovers, and awakens suddenly with a brave new philosophy on her life: carpe diem.
YOU LIKELY KNOW...
Purist Cosmo Zabini divorced Ama in 1881 when she was discovered to have a muggle ancestor. Some think Ama lied about her ancestry to snag a pureblood husband, while others believe her ignorant and therefore innocent of any deception.

She was always very proper and picture-perfect, but in recent years Ama has become quite the eccentric, albeit a harmless one. E.g. She keeps weird birds.
YOU MIGHT KNOW...
Ama is a registered giraffe Animagus. She remains in the country in the hope that she might reconcile with her mostly estranged children.
YOU DON'T KNOW...
In 1888, Ama almost died. This caused her to reevaluate her life and transform from an icon of propriety into a masterpiece of quirk.

She never got over her divorce, and still cares greatly for her husband.
PLAYER INFORMATION
Played By: Willow

Contact: PM

Plot Preferences: Anything! I love plotting, experimenting, and just winging it.

Networking: http://charmingrp.com/showthread.php?tid=3756

Registration Date: May 23, 2020

Date of Birth: Hidden

Local Time: April 17, 2021 at 1:17 PM

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RE: Nothing Personal November 30, 2020 – 2:48 PM 2
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The remark stung. Ama had come to accept (and even love) almost everything about herself in recent years, including the body God had given her. But one does not go a lifetime of fussing over mediocrities only to change one's habits in one fell swoop. Ama considered body weight a mediocrity, and she hadn't worried about such things in years — but then in came Calliope Zabini — thinner, younger, whiter — feeding off her dormant insecurities like a leech. Ama did not even try to give her the benefit of the doubt; the catty young woman had proven that she meant Ama ill-will.

Ama only managed to avoid swiping back because she reminded herself that there was a reason for the new Mrs Zabini's cattiness. If Ama really was no threat, nothing to envy, then there would be no need to treat her with such disdain.

The old Mrs Zabini stifled a sigh. The high road was a lonely place.

She placed her handbag (which matched her dress) on the surface by the sinks, and rummaged around in search of parchment and quill. Not that she intended to share this, but Ama's plan was to write a little note for help and Charm it out of the window, or perhaps under the bathroom door. As she rummaged, she tried to ignore the younger woman's sudden show of poor health. Ama could help, but knew Mrs Zabini would rather suffer than accept aid from one she deemed a mortal foe.

Ama continued to search her bag, but it was difficult to ignore the gagging sounds now coming from three sinks along.

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