Simel Bey and ‘The Mysterious One of Kapwera Engolo: A Story of Defiance and Triumph’


There are a variety of kind words that could describe Simel E.J. Bey; father, teacher, entrepreneur, medical practitioner, humanitarian, world traveler. Any one of these on its own would be accurate, but to properly sum up Simel Bey would take every one of these and more.

Born in Denton, Texas, Simel was born the oldest of three sons to Dr. Jack Osborne Jenkins and Delilah Elaine Luten Jenkins. Simel’s father, the Reverend Dr. Jack O. Jenkins, became the second African-American to receive a PHD from the University of Georgia’s Psychology Department and his drive and determination can be seen in everything Simel does in life.

Well Rounded Educational Career

Simel educational background is storied and extensive. He excelled in school, enjoying his elementary and high school years before attending Fort Valley State University where he majored in and received a Bachelor of Arts Degree in Radio, Film and Print. Upon completion of his degree, Simel traveled to Kenya and Tanzania to study the Kikuyu, Akamba and Massai cultures while documenting Serengetti and Kakemega rainforest plant specimens.

The Wake-Up Call

A near fatal car accident changed Simel Bey’s life forever. A head injury and the subsequent healing process caused Simel to briefly rely on painkillers that wouldn’t allow him to think clearly much else fulfill his destiny. One clear day, Simel removed himself from the regimen of painkillers and began to view the world in a new fresh perspective. He saw incredible visions of celestial beings with acupuncture meridians and what life held for him. He knew immediately what he had to do.

Not long after, Simel attended The Texas College of Traditional Chinese Medicine in Austin, Texas where he worked to receive his Masters of Oriental Medicine Degree while completing his work on Benign Prostatic Hyperplasia Disorders. Simel became Licensed and Board Certified as an Acupuncturist by the Texas State Medical Board of Examiners for Acupuncture and Oriental Medicine and now he shares his techniques to heal the mind, body and spirit of his clients. He works to free their Qi through the effective use of dietary therapy, therapeutic exercise, cupping and spiritual awareness programs for both individuals and business professionals. He has even been awarded the Best Acupuncturist of 2013 in Austin, Texas.

One of a Kind Author, Humanitarian and Human Being

As the author of many well-known titles including Children Initiatic Tales: Stories of The Immortal Light and his latest The Mysterious One of Kapera Engolo: A Story of Defiance and Triumph, Simel Bey’s interest in sharing his work with those in the world around him is evidenced by his desire to improve the lives of everyone he comes in contact with.

Simel Bey is truly a one of a kind human being with the mind and spirit to match. To learn more, kindly browse our website or book an appointment to find out what Simel Bey can do for you.


– Who exactly is Simel Bey?
“Simel Bey, author of The Mysterious One of Kapwera Engolo: A story of Defiance and Triumph’.”

– How did you decide to pursue a writing career?
“Writing has always been a part of my life. Over the years several friends and teachers encouraged the medium of writing to share storytelling.”

– Was getting published hard?
“This project is self-published.”

– Are your characters based on people you know?
“Yes and no. Some characters are composites of personalities known over the years while others are literally channeled.”

– What genre is your books?
“At this time I prefer children stories and the YA (Young Adult) market.”

– Which of your books is your most favorite?
“It’s difficult to say. Each of my works holds a special place in my heart.”

– Do you have a specific writing routine?
“While I believe writing is a discipline, my writing routine is not. I write when ideas arise.”

– What are your current projects?
“Well, we currently have the launch of The Mysterious One of Kapwera Engolo: A Story of Defiance and Triumph, the coming of age story of Besege, born in Africa, abducted to Brazil raised as a warrior and destined for greatness available soon via”

– What’s next for you?
“Next we will release C is for Capoeria in the Fall of 2015. Created for the entire family, its an exciting dynamic historical perspective to engage the Artform of Capoeria.”



Born in Africa, abducted to Brazil, raised as a warrior, destined to for greatness.

Based on the true story of Mestre Benedito, one of the founders of the unique and beautiful martial art of capoeira, The Mysterious One of Kapwera Engolo celebrates the life of a young man named Besege taken from home and sold into slavery in the New World. Swiftly escaping to a multi-racial community of freedom fighters, Besege survives to witness turbulent times, including the birth of capoeira from a mix of African and native Brazilian arts, the abolition of slavery in Brazil, and the rise of Afro-Brazilian culture as an enduring force.

Caught between worlds, living his life on the run from the authorities, and trapped within a system that enslaved and condemned him on the basis of his skin color, Besege rises to a position of respect and leadership as a warrior, a spiritual guide, and a teacher— one whose legacy survives even today.

As rich in action as it is in history and culture, The Mysterious One of Kapwera Engolo is a captivating and enlightening window to a very different place and time—a world defined by adventure, mysticism, upheaval, and the eternal struggle to be free.

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