“We are ladies and must be addressed as such,” Flora Nwapa’s Wives at War

Currently reading Flora Nwapa’s Wives at War and other short stories which has a lot of advice for Africa fashion industry in my opinion. It’s a story on the variety of experiences different kinds of women underwent during the Nigerian civil war. I decided to read this now because I would love to learn more about the war. My grandmother was a proud Biafran woman, my mother and father were children of Biafra. It’s a part of my heritage that I would love to learn more about and I figure what better way than to read all that I can. Here is a short excerpt from the book that I thought I should share.. Enjoy!

“We are ladies and must be addressed as such. You wait until the end of this war. There is going to be another war, the war of the women. You have fooled us enough. You have used us enough. You have exploited us enough. When this war has ended, we will show you that we are a force to be reckoned with. You wait and see. What do you think we are? …”Your offense is that you by-passed us. Without the women, the Nigerian vandals would have over run Biafra; without the women, our gallant Biafran soliders would have died of hunger in the war fronts. Without the women, the Biafran Red Cross would have collapsed. It was our organization that organized the kitchens and transport for the Biafran forces. You men went to the office every day doing nothing, busy but doing nothing…We are the indigenous group. We have been poised for action ever since the war was declared. We are independent…We are the creation of Biafra and our aim is to win the war for Biafra…”

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