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SA Women Married to Nigerians Launch their Organisation

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SA Nigerian_womenSt. Aidans Anglican Church Yeoville Johannesburg was agog with pomp and pageantry on Saturday 10th August 2013. South African women married to Nigerians came out in their droves to celebrate the official launch of their women’s support organization in South Africa.

Adorned in the most beautiful of Nigerian traditional dresses, they filled up the Church’s auditorium. Various speeches were given by their leadership on the needs that warranted the organization’s establishment. They cited issues like harassment of their spouses by authorities, most especially the department of Home Affairs who always prejudiciously assume that all marriages by local women to Nigerians are shams and aimed at obtaining South African documents. They also decried what they see as incessant victimization of their kids at school by local kids and school authorities, who view them as ‘foreigners’ and kwere kweres in local parlance just because they were born of mixed South African and Nigerian parentage.

In the words of their leader Mrs. Lindelwa Dolly Uche, they have decided to stand up as ‘daughters of the soil’ to collectively support and defend their families against discriminations and prejudices while rightly portraying their families as happy, loving, and worthy of respect.

It should be recalled that these same beautiful Nigerian women have in the past staged a peaceful protest to the Department of Home Affairs at Harrison Street Johannesburg where they handed over a Memorandum to the director decrying the delays and outright refusals in issuance of permits to regularize the residence status of their spouses and several other discriminatory official practices meted onto South African women married to Nigerians and their spouses by Home Affairs officials.

Several Nigerian community officials from the Nigerian Union South Africa (NUSA) Ohaneze Ndigbo and other State Unions in South Africa were present at the launch. The President General of Ohaneze Ndigbo South Africa Chief (Engr.) Smart Okeugiri advised the women on family values and thanked them for their activities which were greeted with yodelings from the women in traditional 9ja style. The occasion came to a close with singing and dancing in typical 9ja style, with the husbands donating handsomely to the women’s projects and ‘spraying’ their beautiful wives with loads of kudi.

SANigerians salute the honorable and virtuous United Nigerian Wives in South Africa for their commendable efforts and urge other SANigerians wives who have not joined in the laudable train to make efforts to join so as to assist in collectively entrenching the 9ja community as a welcomed component of the larger South African community.

 

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Sunny-Unachukwu John.

 

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