AWS: Mema

AWS: Mema
Brand: Heinemann
Product Code: 9780435909239
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AWS: Mema

Author: Daniel Mengara

Published: October 2003

Format: Paperback 122 pages

Level: Age 11 and above


Mema's sharp tongue and apparent barrenness makes her a target for dislike and disapproval in her village. When she finally succeeds in having four children, her husband dies in a witchdoctor's haven, followed by her daughters. Her in-laws accuse her of being a wicked witch who sacrificed her husband and children to the dark forces.

In spite of this Mema's strength and courage cause her to fight for her sons and her family's rights. In this story of a practical African society her actions owe nothing to Western feminism and the theme of struggle against colonialism is left behind in favour of a struggle between new and old values.

The author demonstrates that a story relating the impact of psychological and social forces on Africans can also focus mainly on conflicts within African society.

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