Women issues have become targeted topics and discussions in modern Africa as well as globally.
And with each passing year, these arguments have become more intense.
Without a shred of doubt, issues affecting women have come at a welcome time. This is because modern Africa provides possible platforms to discuss gender and sexuality issues and argument. Matters that have for centuries been completely neglected, shrugged off or taken for granted.
The virality of the #MeToo movement in October 2017 for instance, is an example of how serious the world is taking issues affecting women. As most of the celebrity men accused of sexual misconduct have lost not only huge sums of money in law suits, but also credibility in their various industries.
What these kind of statements make is that women shouldn’t be taken for granted anymore. Because modern African women have finally been appreciated.
Again, these gender statements have somehow been misused as is expected of human nature. Asides been misused, the power gotten from modern gender statements may at this point be unnecessary.
Now and again, platforms especially in the digital space, some of them solely dedicated to females, tackle women matters. One of such matters is superiority.
The African society from time has laced women in a clear position: totally inferior to their male counterparts.
These inferiority statements, made even in religion:
The holy Bible of the Christians in Ephesians 5:22-24, refers to wives as being expected to:
”submit yourselves to your own husbands as you do to the Lord. 23 For the husband is the head of the wife as Christ is the head of the church, his body, of which he is the Savior. 24 Now as the church submits to Christ, so also wives should submit to their husbands in everything.”
comparing wives to the church’s submission to Christ.
With the given population of African’s 40% being Christians as at 2002, it is not shocking that at least 30% of this population adhere to Biblical teachings on female submission in marriages.
To the 45% Muslims in Africa, the holy Qur’an in describing a woman’s place says:
”Quran (4:34) – “Men are in charge of women, because Allah hath made the one of them to excel the other, and because they spend of their property (for the support of women). So good women are the obedient, guarding in secret that which Allah hath guarded. As for those from whom ye fear rebellion, admonish them and banish them to beds apart, and scourge them. Then if they obey you, seek not a way against them.”
clearly stating that men are in charge of women.
The remaining less than 20% Traditional African religion faithfuls also adhere to traditions placing the man as master to his wife. Evident in a man’s free-will to marry multiple wives, inherit wives and so on.
The constant message in these African religions may not be superiority but submission.
And perhaps African women have been fighting the right battle with the wrong tools.
But saying that superiority and submission have no common ties is false in both their definitions.
Taking a look at the definitions of both terms:
a supercilious manner or attitude.
the action of accepting or yielding to a superior force or to the will or authority of another person.
While superiority in its definition superiorly excludes any trace of submissive adjectives, submission submissively submits its definition to ‘yielding to a more superior force‘. A very clear indication that submission is forever bound to bow to superiority.
How then one may ask can one separate the religious requirement of female submission to men when they are clearly bound?
The answer may lie in the truth that females are naturally born superior. Owning complex biological components, more emotional and physical strength (as some scientific studies claim) and nature.
Indeed even traditional African cultures acknowledge this superiority as the Igbo name, Nneka, meaning ‘mother is superior‘ clearly attributes superiority to females.
Maybe African women need to fight the battle of how to channel our superiority because seamlessly, we are superiors.
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