You will prepare and submit a term paper on Women as Central Pillar in Preservation of African Culture. Your paper should be a minimum of 1250 words in length. The theme and the style of writing depict war on cultural value and the role of an African woman in preserving the African culture. Lawino is a traditional woman marrying a civilized husband who is educated with a degree from the University. Ironically, Ocol, the husband falls in love with Clementine who is similarly educated and a holder of a degree. In addition, the two have adapted modern life and no longer follow African culture and tradition.
Lawino is not educated and cannot dance the way the white people do. Ocol perceives this as a weakness to the blacks and constantly insults the entire black community. Clementine also knew as Tina in the poem follows a strict diet. She fears to get fat, applies lipstick on her mouth, and dresses smartly. Lawino interprets this as ugly pictures. She argues that Tina has a bleeding mouth, and she looks like a witch because she is modern. Okot, the author expresses his feelings on how African respect their culture and reject the western culture that is a sign of uncivilization to Africans. Lawino refuses to adapt the western culture. She criticizes Tina based on African tradition.
Women as central pillars in the preservation of African culture are a central theme in this book. ‘God’s bits of wood’ is a West African story of the blacks who served as salves and worked in the construction of a railway line. The book talks about the African men going on strike demanding for equality. Their demands advocates for equal pay. Ironically, these black people are so illiterate and ignorant. What is important is that everything is achievable if people come together with a common goal. This book is a revelation of women aim at maintaining peace and stability while still preserving African culture.
The book was written when the construction of the railway line was very important to the leaders (Ousmane). African writers do not forget to mention the difference between blacks and white.