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In Horror of an African woman, Nwachukwu canvasses gender equality

By Sunday Aikulola
26 May 2022   |   1:20 am
For the author of Horror of an African Woman (Volumes One and Two), Chima Nwachukwu, it is high time African women woke up from their slumber and fulfil their destinies.

Gender inequality. Photo: PEXELS

For the author of Horror of an African Woman (Volumes One and Two), Chima Nwachukwu, it is high time African women woke up from their slumber and fulfil their destinies.

Speaking at the launch of his book at University of Lagos, recently, he said women have been pushed to the wall and could not remain there.

According to him, “an average Nigerian man still believes the place of the woman is in the kitchen and “the other room.” They must take their fate in their hands. Women are doing great exploits like Director General World Trade Organisation (WTO), Dr. Ngozi Okonjo Iweala. Also, in Rwanda, women are given opportunities in public offices.

The author said, “if a better society must be built, the woman must be at the forefront. Whenever there is crisis, women bear the pain and when women are affected, the family is also affected. Women must be well empowered and educated, like the saying goes, educate a woman, you educate a society.”

Insisting that there is need for women emancipation and gender equality, he also said their welfare and security must be taken seriously.

According to him, it is the gory tale of battered African widows and daily challenges they encounter from cradle to old age. He noted that it is a tale of deceit, betrayal, violence, fraud, love, romance, heartbreak and brilliant display of tact and willpower.

Speaking more on the book, he said two teenage girls, Jummai and Kucheli, had promising future, but their dreams were shattered by reckless men.

He disclosed that Volume 2 of the book was dedicated to Prof. Joseph Irukwu, for his contribution to the development of a vibrant insurance industry in Africa and Ashaye for championing Digital Insurance Education across the country. Mrs. Nnenna Nwaokobia represented Prof. Irukwu.

The Reviewer of Volume One, CEO Flow Communications Company, Mrs. Florence Okah-Ave, commended the author for writing an intriguing literary piece about the plight of widows, especially at a time when gender inclusion is at the front burner. She said there is need to join the fight against sharp widowhood practices.

The reviewer of Volume Two, Principal Partner, Ubani & Co and Chairman Nigeria Bar Association (NBA)-SPIDEL, Monday Ubani, said widows should not be stigmatised but assisted to achieve their goals.

In her remarks, MD/CEO, Risk analyst insurance brokers, Funmi Babington-Ashaye expressed concern over the plight of widows and women, insisting that the narrative must change.