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The price of womanhood

My collection of poetry unveils the real Africa, and it seeks to

investigate the untold stories of Nigeria's political martyrs, the cost

of democracy, and the strength of Nigeria.

It laments s the unfair nature of non female and the injustice of the affluent.

To balance my work, it sets out to describe the man and woman

relationship in the midst of an unfair system, the struggles of training a

child, the quest for the supernatural and the power of speech, the sense

of humanity and the re-written story of the black race.

AMABO, is indeed, a fusion of the human, the power, and supernatural.

The reality of the wholeness of a man ,is what makes AMABO a unique Collection.
Temidayo Ogan

Do enjoy these ones:

THE MALE CHILD
18
I am a woman not desired
A mother not wanted
A wife not accepted
My father wanted a male child
He said my mother made a girl instead…

Now I am humiliated
Deprived and used
Must I be blamed for my gender?
Should I be seen as a pain in the neck?
This is certainly a battle I must win

FOR SALE
23
Along the international market
A colourful billboard got my attention
I turned to enquire about the product for sale
Branded to be sold is my fellow woman

My woman, your woman has finally been reduced to a commodity....
How callous can this society be?
How guilty are the inhabitants of this world
In fact the whole world is so guilty
Tell me
Who are the traders?
Tell me
What is the price for womanhood?

MY TRADITION, MY WORLD
24

I can be given out in marriage
I can be thrown out of marriage
I must endure infidelity
I dare not attempt to cheat
My tradition,
What does it allow?
My tradition allows me to be used ?
To attain a position I am qualified for?

Comments

Carri Pence's picture

Your words echo loud and are

Your words echo loud and are voiced not only by you but by women from around the world. Where, at the fault of society, women are not defined by themselves but by the roles and obligations they are supposed to fulfill. This causes them to be disposable, where women are not seen as unique. I think your work is so important and bring such a strong sense what being a Nigerian woman actually is. Thus, I hope, if you haven't already join the the Nigerian Cafe.

-Carri Pence

tocssfoundation's picture

Re:

Thank you Carri.
I feel every word of your submission.
It is very sad to say the least to know that many women are still under this yoke.The society/tradition denies your uniqueness as a woman , defines your person , forces you to live according to its definition , and goes ahead to betray you, when you need it the most.

Carri, would you believe that our young women in higher institution of learning still battle with sex exchange for grades, I mean intelligent and hard working student .The supposed super power , male lecturers would request for sex from a female student and threaten to make her fail a particular course of study.The timid woman quickly surrender herself for sex in exchange of marks/grades in a subject she knows and can pass any day.

Or is it the sex for promotion in the work community.In Nigeria, you'll hear a phrase like.." nothing goes for nothing" If a man must assist or perform an official obligation to a woman.

... the fight continues.

Shalom.

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