By Jennifer Browdy de Hernandez, Pauline Dongala, Omotayo Jolaosho, Anne Serafin
participants contain the world over famous authors and activists similar to Wangari Maathai and Nawal El Saadawi, in addition to a bunch of vivid new voices from everywhere in the African continent and from the African diaspora. Interdisciplinary in scope, this assortment offers an outstanding creation to modern African women’s literature and highlights social matters which are specific to Africa yet also are of globally concern. it truly is an important reference for college kids of African experiences, global literature, anthropology, cultural reports, postcolonial reports, and women’s studies.
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And then they take all kinds of grass and even diamba [Indian hemp]. In Télé a young Mubongo became crazy because of this grass. You know, we do not know moderation in our society. We do everything with exaggeration. When we dance, it is all night. When we drink, even the women get themselves drunk! However, it is rare to meet a Bantu woman drunk in the village. What do the parents do to educate their children and to put an end to this state of affairs? Can you educate a child who is addicted? For us it is a lost child, a child who has become useless for the family.
As education is a necessary precursor to writing, the call to African women to educate themselves and each other is frequently heard in this collection. Elisabeth Bouanga of Congo-Brazzaville, a grandmother in her seventies and the mother of anthology coeditor Pauline Dongala, recounts how, when she was young, “Women were not allowed to go to school; they were supposed to learn from their mothers how to work in the ﬁelds, how to cook and how to be good wives. It surely was a kind of education but it was too limited,” she says.
He spoke with exaggerated slowness, despite my Canadian accent, Western clothing, and obvious ability to speak English. When I ﬁlled out the two-sided green form, he inquired condescendingly about “how I had done that so fast,” ostensibly marveling at my literacy. Inside, I was fuming—ready to whip out degrees and a résumé, thus proving my worth as an articulate, educated woman of color—ready to stoop to insults, 8 African Women Writing Resistance mock his accent and sneer at his levels of education and literacy.