The widows of Boko Haram


Afrocentric Confessions

Falmata Gana, widowed after members of the Islamist sect Boko Haram killed her husband in 2012, walks out of the small room she shares with 11 children. Maiduguri, northeastern Nigeria. Photo by Chika Oduah. December 17, 2014 Falmata Gana, widowed after members of the Islamist sect Boko Haram killed her husband in 2012, walks out of the small room she shares with 11 children. Maiduguri, northeastern Nigeria. Photo by Chika Oduah. December 17, 2014

Despite efforts by women’s groups, thousands of Nigerian widows struggle to survive because of Boko Haram’s insurgency.

Maiduguri, Nigeria – For four months and 10 days, Falmata Gana never left her home. She kept her face devoid of makeup and stopped bathing with scented soaps. Her perfumed oils were tucked away, and she did not buy any new clothes.

Her traditional Islamic mourning period of takaba – as it is known in the Hausa language predominantly spoken in northern Nigeria – ended years ago, but Gana is still suffering the loss of her husband.

In 2012, Boko Haram fighters ambushed and shot him dead as he drove home from work one evening. He…

View original post 1,436 more words

Advertisements

About Egoyibo Okoro

Beautiful. Friendly. Opinionated. Feminist. Scholarly. Apolitical. Christian. Sometimes, I write in Engli-Igbo and/or pidgin English. Just so you know, I am naturally disgruntled about a lot of things, most especially gender inequality, human rights abuses, racism and corruption. #EndChildMarriage. #EndTerrorism. #EndPoverty. #EndRacism. #EndImperialism. The Igbo say, "egbe bere, ugo bere, nke si ibe ya ebena nku kwa ya" - Live and let live!
This entry was posted in Serious stuff. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s