Wednesday, January 3, 2018
FOREWORD to WIDOWS IN THE WEB OF GRIEF
‘My God, my God! Why have you forsaken us?’ Paralleling the words of Jesus Christ when on the cross, the plea of three African widows sentenced to death seemed to go unheard by their God. Just as the psalm from which those words arose, Psalm 22, ends by re-affirming God’s care and protection, so does this powerful novel give its readers hope that God’s will shall be done, and it shall be to the good.
The author has set out to show the terrible injustices heaped upon women who become widows in certain backward areas of the country. As the story unfolds, the reader is struck by the multitude of foolish beliefs held by the members of such communities. One can only hope that education and Christianity can off-set the terrible influence of certain tribal traditions.
As such traditions are displaced and replaced, allowance must be made for the impacts of those changes on the lives of those who have been faithful to their early upbringing. Here, a man with four wives must separate from three of them to fulfill his Christian duty, but the remaining three are cast into the base status of widows. In advanced societies, such woman are not discriminated against, but in parts of Africa, they still are, and their fates can be horrible.
Fortune Emerence Chinemerem Nwaiwu deserves much credit for bringing the plight of such widows to the attention of his audience in a novel that is enlightened, enlightening, and engaging. These women should not, shall not, be forsaken.
Douglas Winslow Cooper, Ph.D.
Walden, NY, USA