Friday, February 15, 2008

The African Woman in Joseph Alila's Poetry

African woman is lionised in several poetic verses in Joseph R. Alila's "Thirteen Curses on Mother Africa," (ISBN 978-14303-1592-6), lulu( , and justifiably so:

The African woman is largely localized in her rural domain--often passed by time and rural-urban migration--yet she must feed, protect and mould the character of her son only to lose him to the corrupting influence of urban life. The African woman must continue to walk five miles to the spring for water; she must till the same piece of barren land of thirty years before; she must feed her orphaned grandchildren the way she fed her children, only with even fewer resources. The African woman must face the vagaries of endless wars, unpredictable weather, a cesspool of diseases, constant pangs of hunger and abject poverty--often alone--as her lazy husband is either dead, inebriated, lost to some urban center, or simply overwhelmed by his situation.

Joseph R. Alila

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