JOYS OF AN AFRICAN WOMAN (by Tiwalade Fayinka)

Of the joys of an African woman I write;
The pain she endures from cradle to rest
Of being born a servant
To serve the male throughout her life
Not having a choice;

Of being considered a lesser human;
Enduring trials in the guise of tradition;
Of being the cause of every problem in her marriage;
Proclaimed a witch for not having issues
Like she creates them;

Of all her unhappiness, she cannot;
Leave the cause – the man;
Though he is advised to marry again;
With any error from her;
What injustice on the African woman!

Of the children, the home, the man
She cares;
But he does nothing but give orders;
Because he is a freeborn;
And she, his slave;


Of all the beating and verbal assault;
She gets for being his subordinate;
Even rape and sexual assault;
Are her rewards;
For being a good wife;

Despite enduring all these;
She represents strength;
Not a lesser human;
Not a slave;
But a GODDESS.
                            

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