The Burden of Custom and Tradition: The Woman Who Beat the Sacred Drum Henry Efesoa Mokosso

ISBN: 9781425996505

Published: May 14th 2007

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88 pages


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The Burden of Custom and Tradition: The Woman Who Beat the Sacred Drum  by  Henry Efesoa Mokosso

The Burden of Custom and Tradition: The Woman Who Beat the Sacred Drum by Henry Efesoa Mokosso
May 14th 2007 | Paperback | PDF, EPUB, FB2, DjVu, talking book, mp3, RTF | 88 pages | ISBN: 9781425996505 | 3.77 Mb

Ngina, the daughter of Mbaragha and ANgon, lived ahead of her times. At a time when women were and still relegated to the background, Ngina distinguished herself in activities which by tradition belonged to the men-firing a musket, building a fence,MoreNgina, the daughter of Mbaragha and ANgon, lived ahead of her times. At a time when women were and still relegated to the background, Ngina distinguished herself in activities which by tradition belonged to the men-firing a musket, building a fence, leading a goat to the fields to feed, felling trees, and playing the drum or guitar.

Such disposition put her at loggerheads with her husband, Mvodo, an arch traditionalist, as well as with the entire population of Ghost Hill Town later christened Mboa Zambe (Gods Town) in the Christian era. Ngina evoked the wrath of Ghost Hill Town when she beat the Sacred Drum, and narrowly escaped death by poisoning and physical assault by Mvodo, who was then her estranged husband.

Ondoa, Nginas son vowed to avenge his mothers near-death situation. He tracked down Yene, one of his mothers attackers, who divulged information that the other attacker was Mvodo. Meanwhile, Ebanga, the hospital nurse who was bribed by Yene to put poison in Nginas coffee, languished in jail.

Later, Yene and Mvodo were tried and jailed. However, Nginas ordeal, tenacity, love for her people, good judgment, and faith elevated her to high places in the colonial era, of which she was the catalyst in the transformation of Ghost Hill Town in womens rights, education, jobs, health matters and child care services.

In fact, Ghost Hill Town (Mboa Zamba) was never the same again.



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