First there was Miwiru. Its not known who came before Miriwu. Miriwu sired Sigoma, Sigoma sired Owiny, Owiny sired Kisodhi, Kisodhi sired Ogelo, Ogelo sired Otondi, Otondi sired Obongo, Obongo sired Okoth, and Okoth sired Opiyo. The women who bore them, their name are forgotten, for that was the way of our people.
The above is a paragraph in Chapter 19 of Barrack Obama’s Dreams of My Father. Barrack Obama, his brothers and sisters listen to Granny tell them the stories of their father and grandfather.
Reading the statement makes me wonder: how true!
- why are the names of our African mothers forgotten when its time to list geneaologies, when its time to trace one’s roots,
- why are the names of our African mothers forgotten when its time to give credit for a good child, for a great accomplishment,
- and generally, when we talk about ‘who gave birth to whom’, why does it have to always be the Father.
- why is the average African the child of his Father, not of his mother?