I've never really liked the idea of culture
How it supports the African man
For the sins he commits
In closed doors
He calls his father and uncles
And reports his wife from youth
Says she doesn't do anything right
Says she doesn't respect him
His Uncle grins
He is reminded that
He once had the same problem
Recites the same words
That he was moulded into
As a young groom
To his wife from youth,
"It's true, they never do anything right.
They don't respect. They don't respect!"
His wife's mother is listening
She has flashbacks as well
From back in her day
She tells her, what her mom told her,
"Don't answer back, Mo. Don't defend yourself. When you're wrong, you shut up. Even when you're right, you shut up!"
She's astonished, but she accepts.
She goes with her husband
To their matrimonial land
As he continues to mock her
On arrival, they meet a lady
The African body, with braids hanging from her head
Beads on her hair, waist and feet
Standing all so proud
"Esther!" He cries. "What--are--you--doing--here?"
"I'm pregnant for you baby!"
Mo is about to scream now
Esther has always been a threat to her marriage
But when she tried telling Wanjala, he would lay his hands on her each time
So she keeps quite about the events she witnessed, a month ago, with Wanjala's brother, Sam, and Esther in bed together.
Sam was a good lad. He respected women.
He loved Esther very much. But so did Wanjala.
Wanjala stole her heart recently, simply through a flash of a few coins to her.
Sam was not wealthy as Wanjala.
Esther's baby could belong to Sam.
She can't tell Sam because he never knew about Wanjala's affair with his girlfriend.
She heeds to her mother's advice.
She keeps her mouth shut, like the African woman she is.
She remembers what happened earlier
When she overheard what her uncles said
Her husband had falsely accused her of adultery
And yet, here he is today, receiving the fruits of it.
* The END
The African culture supports men with everything. The African man is arrogant and proud. He is influenced by the crowd which always agrees with him depending on his financial position. The African man can't be told what's wrong and what's right. He is always praised and adored by his fellow men. He has no regard for his wife from youth. The traits of the African man are found in each and every male born and brewed in Africa. I don't want my children to live in such a world with traditions from 100 years ago!
Women, respect your husbands. Esteem him and he'll exalt you. Embrace him and he'll honour you.
Men, respect your wives. Esteem her and she'll exalt you. Embrace her and she'll honour you.