Saturday, December 13, 2008

THE AFRICAN WOMAN

The African woman is lionised in several poetic verses in Alila's "Thirteen Curses on Mother Africa," (Lulu Books www.lulu.com ), perhaps justifiably so: The African woman is largely localized, often passed by 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 5 miles to the spring for water; 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 wars, weather, disease, hunger, dictators and poverty---often alone, as her husband is either inebriated, lost to some urban center, or simply overwhelmed by his situation.

JR Alila

3 comments:

NAVAL LANGA said...

Mr. J. R. Alila

You are heartily welcome to my blogspace. While being in the company of another writer, I feel very much at home.

The issue of ghost writer is really a typical one. Such writer's are needed as the celebrities are eager to have some literary fame, too. I have heard that many film stars have 'written' their autobiography after they have been approached by the publishers. Such is the commerce of the book trade.

But the real writer is the child of inspiration.

Naval Langa

JR Alila said...

Mr. Langa,
thank you for your response. I hope to donate a short story or a chapter of one of my books to your site when time allows.
You appear to have quite some enviable company on your blog.

JR Alila

NAVAL LANGA said...

To Mr. J R Alila

Your comment on my blog about the review of President Obama's book is inspiring in itself.

Yes, the Election of President Barack Obama as the President of the USA means many things to different peoples. And for the concept of democracy, it is one great step ahead, making it more desirable.

Naval Langa
http://navallanga.blogspot.com/