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HTS Theological Studies

versión On-line ISSN 2072-8050
versión impresa ISSN 0259-9422


GATHOGO, Julius M.. Nyawiras as communal liberators: Accounting for life preservation roles among African women. Herv. teol. stud. [online]. 2023, vol.79, n.3, pp.1-8. ISSN 2072-8050.

In his book, Wizard of the Crow (2007), the renowned Kenyan novelist, Ngugi wa Thiong'o, expresses the view that a successful society is only guaranteed when women issues are well settled. In light of post-colonial Africa and the era of COVID-19, African women - like the biblical Miriam, the co-liberator with Moses and Aaron (Mi 6:4) - are seen as Nyawiras (plural for Nyawira, the hardworking woman), as their critical role in preserving the family and society is evident. While relying on a critical review of wa Thiong'o's works and in engaging a selected religio-cultural literature, the article seeks to explore the role of African women [Nyawiras] in societal sustenance. With postcolonial Africa encountering a hotchpotch of challenges, are Nyawiras the best suited persons to deconstruct the status quo and eventually reconstruct the 'sick' society under greedy-grabbing male-leaders of nation-states (Aburirias) that have lost their moral compasses? Are women best suited to bring back sanity; and have they crossed the Rubicon in the 21st century? In drawing from diverse examples from Africa and beyond, the research article will be significant in helping the modern African society understand the myriad of problems they are facing in the local and global scene, and eventually appraise women's heroine roles. CONTRIBUTION: This research uses a multi-disciplinary approach and engages a dialogue between African literature and Africa's religio-cultural discourses in order to better understand the complex situation facing Africa

Palabras clave : African indigenous knowledge; COVID-19; Miriam; Moses; liberation; Nyawiras [African-women]; Ngugi wa Thiong'o; Rubicon.

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