Uru Eke: The Power of Women

Uru Eke: The Power of Women

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Uru Eke BN 
I’ve
read a lot of posts, comments, and Instagram handles where generally
women have sent in their complaints and concerns seeking advice about
various situations. I guess that’s why most articles written or sent in
to Gistsvilla are focused on women. Personally I’ve
always written my articles with women as the objective, and I hope that
one way or the other someone takes something away from it. I pride
myself in being a feminist and I’m pro-women for most things. I
absolutely love seeing women in power, holding positions, being captains
of industries, calling the shots as CEOs of organisations etc
The British Novelist, Playwright and
Poet William Golding said “I think women are foolish to pretend they are
equal to men. They are far superior and always have been. Whatever you
give a woman, she will make greater. If you give her sperm, she will
give you a baby. If you give her a house, she will give you a home. If
you give her groceries, she will give you a meal. If you give her a
smile, she will give you her heart. She multiplies and enlarges what is
given to her. So, if you give her any crap, be ready to receive a ton of
shit!” This statement by itself is very empowering; as I believe women
are all of these and so much more.
Let’s use Cleopatra for instance;
scholars say it wasn’t so much her beauty that was appealing but her
intelligence and conversation. She wasn’t the ravishing, sensual beauty
portrayed in films starring Claudette Colbert or Elizabeth Taylor. She
was a great orator, outspoken, intellectual and controlled her country’s
economy, its fleet, its agricultural output. She was the wealthiest
ruler in the Mediterranean, a powerful force, incomparable to any modern
ruler or celebrity. Her silken presence and her powers of persuasion,
unearthing the mysteries of Cleopatra reveals a woman who could be a
modern day feminist. To some, she was a debauched temptress who
manipulated both Caesar and Mark Antony to further her insatiable thirst
for power; to others she was a great scholar and stateswoman who did
her best to protect the country she loved from the powerful Roman State.
Wikipedia states ~ she was the last active Pharaoh of Ptolemaic Egypt,
briefly survived as Pharaoh by her son Caesarian. After her reign, Egypt
became a province of the recently established Roman Empire
Cleopatra was all of this in an era
where there wasn’t social media, formal education, internet, training
schools, training academies, degrees, masters programs, PHDs, open
universities or online training portals. Her achievement was based on
the sheer desire to succeed and be regarded as someone equally as
powerful as her male counterparts. So tell me, what’s your excuse? I
believe woman have so much more to give other than being just wives and
mothers. Don’t get me wrong, getting married and having kids is
beautiful and equally fulfilling but is that just it to being a woman?
Do you not want to teach your kids how to be confident, goal oriented,
self reliant, go out there and get it achievers?
Women have a huge role to play in the
home, as William Golding stated “whatever you give a woman she makes
greater” and to be greater you have to have it in you in order to pass
it on. I visit a certain blog and when some people write in for advice a
lot of the complaints centre around the boyfriend or husband not
providing for them, we can argue this from the angle that men should be
the sole providers and the woman stay home and look after the kids but
to be honest, in this day and age, if your husband isn’t earning a heck
of a lot in whatever it is he does, being the sole provider is a lot of
pressure. You also have women who have remained in emotional, mental and
physically abusive relationships out of love or due to the fact they’ve
lost their sense of worth and feel no one else will find them
desirable. I wish I had a magic wand that I could wave over people like
that and trigger a brain reset so they realise how magnificently
powerful they are and their happiness and fulfilment in life lies in
their own hands.
Scholars also say that the Roman
emperor, Augustus founded his reign on the death of Cleopatra. When he
had a chance to name a month in his own honour, instead of choosing
September his birth month he chose August the month in which Cleopatra
died, to create a yearly reminder of her death. If that doesn’t indicate
how much of a threat she was when she was alive I don’t know what will.
The power of women dates back to
Biblical days, Adam was mislead by Eve. Samson, who was very powerful,
surrendered to Delilah. David felled a nine-foot Goliath yet fell under
the spell of Bathsheba. Solomon, who ruled over the golden years of
Israel, surrendered to women; he had a record number of 700 wives and
300 concubines! Femi Fani Kayode wrote” Women are more discerning than
men, more calculating, more thoughtful, more spiritual, more loyal, and
more disciplined and they can handle emotional pain and psychological
torture far better than men. A woman can suffer trauma, deprivation,
shame, sheer cruelty and beatings from a man and still stay with him
simply for the sake of the children. A woman can do anything and take
anything for, or from, a man that she truly loves. A woman can be the
most vicious and dangerous of all God’s creatures when she is hurt and
scorned and when her love is not returned”
So women, why aren’t you doing more with
your power? Channelling all this energy into being the powerhouses that
you naturally are? I’m constantly celebrating women and a few people
have inspired my journey in the film industry, who have taken advantage
of this supremacy. People such as Emem Isong, who carved a niche for
herself as one of the first female producers in a dogged male dominated
industry; Omoni Oboli and Mo Abudu, some of the first female film
producers who films broke Nigerian cinema box office. Chimamanda Adichie
who is a MacArthur genius grant recipient and has been called “the most
prominent” of a procession of critically acclaimed young anglophone
authors. The genius grant is a prize awarded annually by the John D. and
Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation to between 20 and 30 individuals,
working in any field, who have shown “extraordinary originality and
dedication in their creative pursuits and a marked capacity for
self-direction”.
Finally, my own mother who raised three young women single handedly,
without our dad – and till date it doesn’t feel like I didn’t have him
around because she filled that void in everyday possible. We travelled
the world went to the best schools and were constantly encouraged that
we could be whatever we wanted to be as far as we applied our minds to
it.
I’ll end with these words also from Femi Fani-Kayode “A
woman will make you feel that you are in charge yet with sweet words
and with guile and cunning she silently controls everything and everyone
around you. Women are the shield, the defender and the foundation of
the home. Even as the man is the head, the woman is the neck without
which it would fall. The greatest mistake that any man could ever make
is to underestimate or treat with levity the power of a woman. For it is
only a dullard or a fool that could honestly believe that he can
confine a woman to having babies and to simply cooking in the kitchen. A
woman is irrepressible, unbeatable, unfathomable, irresistible and
unknowable

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