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The African woman

21 May 2015, 12:34

It is not novel to say that Africa one time did not believe in female education or should I say, was too busy to educate her females. Through the years of wars, famine, terrorism, neocolonialism, how could female education have even become a priority?                                                                                           

“…….she is just a domestic appendage”, this clause perhaps rings a bell. This is how the African woman had long been regarded. Little did Africa know that one day the African woman would turn out to be a major contributor also in her nation’s development!                                                                                  

Everyone condemns racism openly but when it comes to gender, it becomes the role of just one party that brands itself superior, to decide who controls who and no one dares refute. And so it became a tradition-a tradition that looks upon the few women in politics as people without a sense of responsibility and priority.          

Also read: Toure eyes 4th African award                                                                                                                                         

Africa says, “What was I supposed to do? Everyone was subjected to the same tests. It was a survival of the fittest.”                                                                                                                                                        

I agree but when she sought to stand upright, did you not call her lame, feeble, sending her back to a squatting position?                    

For the likes of my grandmother, marriage was slavery, not even her industrious nature could make her adorable in the eyes of her husband. Apparently, she was doing my grandfather no favour by being his wife.                                                                                                                                                                              

The trend still lingers but it is gradually becoming unheard of that the African woman is feeble. Over the years, she has tried in all her strength to prove her mettle as being brave, daring, and intelligent like Harriet Tubman, Mary Elizabeth Bowser, Mary Touvestre who were civil war spies and contributors to victory for the union military.                                                                                                                           

I would not be overrating the African woman by saying she is intelligent and strong. Come to think of it, if the African woman were truly feeble, then what extra might has Ellen Sirleaf Johnson to be able to govern a war impoverished nation like Liberia?                                                                                 

Independence is not farfetched from her world. She works in the rain and in the sun just to make sure her family is not hunger stricken. She could have as well waited for you “the head” to provide all the needs of the family and let’s see if you would live long enough to tell the story. Perhaps you do not even know she multi tasks and yet you call her feeble.                                                                                                                       

She returns home, beaten by the rain or scorched by the sun, she lays her hand on the condiment and transforms them into a meal, a meal she may be too tired to partake in, a meal your voracious appetite would spare not even a grain, yet you call her feeble.                                                                                               

Africa should be grateful she has such gender as women who are sacrificial in their dealings, who love against hurts.                                                                                                                                               

African woman, I believe in her outstanding abilities even if her own kin refuse to reverence her.     

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