A work of historical fiction inspired by true events. Achebe is a young woman unaware that she would lead the first feminist movement in the Igboland. When the Europeans and Warrant Chiefs try to impose taxes on the women, her father fights against it and is arrested. His arrest prompts Achebe into action and she rallies over ten thousand women and leads a revolution against the colonial masters and Warrant Chiefs.
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When Our Grandmothers were Feminists (Amanda Ilozumba)
She waited in silence, he would talk when he was ready and it did not take long, “the Chiefs agreed with the white men to introduce direct taxation,” Achebe wrapped her arms around her naked torso, “and what does that mean for our people?”
Her father wasted no words explaining. He simply said, “Poverty!”
Achebe weighed his words. Struggling to comprehend what this truly meant. They had never really lacked in her father’s house. Did it mean that they would now go hungry? But there was food stuff all around Aba village. Tubers of yams bigger than her head and heaps of fresh vegetable and fish that the women brought to their community every evening. She counted herself lucky that in a time when her friends were relegated to the cooking health, her father treated her different, he asked for her opinion concerning important issues and even encouraged her to make decisions for him.
One day, Achebe had heard the other men in the village call him a fool for bringing her up this way. A girl who would be married off to in-laws in the not too distant future. Yet, her father did not see Achebe as a male or female he saw her as a promise. The promise that he had made to his dying wife on her sick bed, on the rainy night she had departed the world and left him with an only child.