‘Black African Woman’ by Sonia Dube

What does it mean to be a black African woman (bAw)? Who is she? Why is she on this earth? What is her contribution to this world?

Over the past few years, I have been learning so much about life: God; relationships; family; faith; becoming an assured, confident lady of God; rocking natural hair; and my purpose amongst other things. I’ve always been driven to push myself to grow and not be content with my internal status quo. God has told me that I was created for Him, to glorify Him and for a greater purpose than I could imagine (Proverbs 16:4; 1 Corinthians 10:31).

Walking this journey has proved highly challenging especially as a black, African, Christian lady. I have endlessly searched the internet to find out what it means to be a child of God especially as a bAw. I have received some amazing information from profound and inspiring blogs and websites including Elegant Woman, She Is More, Grace and Poise, Teach Me the Bible and numerous other readings. I wanted more practical information to build on the lessons I had learnt from the Bible and other Biblical readings. How could I put these powerful lessons into practice? How could I find out who I am? How could I become the lady I was created to be? How could I allow God to heal my wounded and broken heart and worth? How could I find out and fulfil my purpose on this earth?

These sources of information were truly inspiring and have impacted my life in such a powerful way! However, as I continued to visit these sites, something struck me – there was no black African Christian woman writing about this stuff – well at least not online. Hmm. Most of the sites were written by White or Asian women in other parts of the world. I have no problem with them sharing this information because it is so useful; but, there are some missing links. There are some issues/struggles that they don’t touch on that we bAw have to deal with – how do I find my purpose in a community that has so strictly drawn out my path? How do I become a lady with my natural, kinky, hard-to-manage hair? How do I learn to wait on the best man for me in spite of the fears that arise because statistically I’m least likely to enter into a relationship let alone a wholesome one? So many questions, no-one to truly answer them.

Herein lies my passion. As a young black lady, I have always been burdened by the story of the bAw. She has come from a dark, confused, often violent and dictated past. The bAw has always been told how to behave – from the days of her slave masters; to her family telling her when to get married and to whom; to the media today. bAw have struggled in finding their identity. I see it in how we will wear someone else’s hair on our head; or wear someone else’s eyelashes on our face; or fight so hard to be heard and to validate our position; or stay in situations because that’s what we’ve always known or been told. That truly makes me sad. Don’t get me wrong – the bAw is strong and has done so much for the community and family. I will never ever take away from that because I have a mother who’s done this. But in giving so blindly to others, she has forgotten to find out who she is.

Imagine a bAw who understood who she was; Whose she was; what her worth was; what she had to offer the world; and where she was going. Our world would be so different from what it is today. Maybe as bAw we wouldn’t be fighting and striving so much amongst ourselves to get ahead. Maybe we wouldn’t be bringing each other down so much. There would be more than enough room for each one of us to shine. Maybe we wouldn’t be enduring the abuse and violence we experience because we would know Whose we are. The possibilities are endless!

It is my hope that now the voice of the bAw will rise and be heard. Not in terms of poetry bemoaning her sorrows and pain. Not in terms of how strong she has been in spite of all the injustices she’s faced. Not in a rage to assert that she is independent and can do what she wants when she wants (all the while crying on the inside). But to move beyond that – to move towards who she has always been but just never knew. bAw, it’s time to discover yourself.

 

Sonia Dube

Sonia Dube

Sonia Dube is a phenomenal young lady wholly in love with and surrendered to God. Her greatest desire is to live her life’s purpose by becoming a Life Coach and leading others to be who they were created to be. She is currently studying towards making her dream a reality.

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2 thoughts on “‘Black African Woman’ by Sonia Dube

  1. Ginger says:

    Life purpose for every woman is centered on living a spiritually pure life. Following the Bible and honoring our husbands and the men in our lives. Women’s liberation has been such a backward slide for humanity and has hurt many more than it has helped. Women have the right to work, but their children are the one’s who suffer and now a gang filled, violent society beholds us. If women embraced the value of their role as support and caregiver, we would have a much healthier society. There is no glory in belittling our god-given roles, but to respect the importance of those traditional values will lead us to truly respect ourselves. I am a wife and a mother, but society taught me those things were not as important as independence, working and partying/traveling. But what can be more beautiful and valuable than a strong family where everyone respects their roles and each other. More happiness and love would abound if we can see past the short term gains of women’s liberation to the long term effects of wholesome values. I am not saying women should not work, but work should not be prioritized over family. In that I think we will find our peace and the joy that we truly seek. And our communities would once again be strong.

  2. Sonia Dee says:

    Hi Ginger,

    Thanks so much for your response and insight. I have to agree with you wholly! We have lost sight of our role as women in society and the whole feminist movement works against us to say the least. I’ve actually written on this and will share one day soon. You are right – our purpose as women is centred on a spiritually pure life. On glorifying God. I am so glad that you’ve come to realize it.

    I am just saddened by other women who don’t realize this. Who serve and “honour” their men and families but in frustration, hurt, anger, confusion, possibly even under abuse and duress. They don’t do it from a place of love and assurance that they are the helpmeet God prepared them to be for their man. They develop resentment and hatred, in turn being unable to live out their purpose wholly and fully. Just as they say in the airplane that as an adult you should put on your own oxygen mask before trying to help your child or those around you, I believe a woman must be certain and assured of her reason for being before trying to be there for others. Hence the Bible says, “…. you shall love your neighbour as yourself” – Leviticus 19:18. You cannot love your neighbour when you do not love yourself. And knowing yourself is part of that. Having your identity rooted in Christ is important.

    That was the gist of what my article was trying to say. But this topic cannot be exhausted in one writing. Thanks once again for the dialogue and God bless you as you continue loving and serving your family 🙂

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