So who are the most powerful African women? I bet you would quickly name a number of women in African politics, business and entrepreneurship.
When the word powerful is mentioned, it is easier to imagine the super-rich, prominent and beautiful woman walking down the hallway in a corporate world.
In the same way the internet will equally give you similar personalities that you had earlier imagined – Well dressed, articulated, rich and popular.
The big deception in accepting every image that comes from the internet is that we tend to forget the female warriors we come across in the streets, market places and villages.
The real powerful African women are the ones who are bravely kicking back at life and doing a good job at it. They are women who are painstakingly ensuring the sustenance of dejected and almost forgotten regions.
In all of the twists in gender roles, Africa still significantly maintains the original status quo. As the work load in recent times increases for both gender, some parts of Africa double the burden for the women.
Across Africa today, it’s almost like a basic demand that women match up to the harsh realities of poor living conditions. It is unimaginable, the extra miles many women especially in the rural communities go to only get by for the day. Yet they accept the challenge. And if you think about it, who would have done it?
Women are generally known to be multi tasking. Thus, they are superb in juggling one or two things at a time. You call them lazy “full-time housewives” but they have their importance too.
These are women whose drive first and fore most begins with their families. The basic need to provide the living essentials of the family. These powerful African women know the sensitive importance of the family. She is not after her pocket but after the needs of others.
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This article is not dedicated to the first African woman to go to the moon; or the first African woman to climb Mount Everest. The article is dedicated to our mothers in the rural communities who might never get the media spotlight like their money-made-powerful counterparts.
It is for the average mother who fights tooth and nail to make sure that finally something gives in her immediate domestic society. It is our resilient grandmothers who still know the power and worth of hardwork. The only time she feels awkward is when she is not in her farm.
Let’s appreciate our often forgotten powerful African women; self-effaced and super-enduring mamas whose contribution to the society has no price tag. They are the living survivors who keep our communities alive.