According to William Shakespeare, “So may the outward shows be least themselves: The world is still deceived with ornament. In law, what plea so tainted and corrupt, But, being seasoned with a gracious voice, Obscures the show of evil? In religion, What damned error, but some sober brow Will bless it and approve it with a text, Hiding the grossness with fair ornament? There is no vice so simple but assumes Some mark of virtue on his outward parts”.
William Shakespeare continued, why, I can smile and murder whiles I smile, And cry ‘content’ to that which grieves my heart, And wet my cheeks with artificial tears, And frame my face for all occasions. “Conscience is but a word that cowards use, devised at first to keep the strong in awe”.
For some of us who, in those days read Merchant of Venice by William Shakespeare, you will remember the statement by Bassanio.
The display of immaturity by the duo of the wife of the former governor of Anambra, Mrs. Ebele Obiano and wife of the late Dim Odimegwu Ojukwu, Lady Bianca at the swearing in of governor Soludo was nothing to read home about, especially that the two, are women of class expected to show exemplary behaviour to the younger generation.
It is not palatable that just less than one week that the women celebrated their International Women’s Day (March 8) the two women have come out to contradict what they stood for. How can the women break the bias with this type of unsavoury disposition when they were actually supposed to be role models to the youger girls out there.
For the benefit of doubt, IWD is about women’s equality in all its forms. For some, IWD is about fighting for women’s rights. For others, IWD is about reinforcing key commitments, while for some IWD is about celebrating success. And for others, IWD means festive gatherings and parties. Whatever choices are made, all choices matter and all choices are welcome and fine. All choices of activity actively contribute to, and form part of, the thriving global movement focused on women’s advancement.
Sometimes, we might begin to think about and look beyond the outward appearance and unfortunately, there is no way we can see the hearts of men but by their actions, the activities of their minds will be unravelled. With these actions of the two women, it is possible that they have dragged the reputation of the women, who have done well in politics to the mire. The little upped consciouness of increased women participation in politics may have been scaled down.
It is about time women begun to understand that, fighting in public debases one more than maintaining equanimity elevates one. There is no way the action would have been lauded for the man who dances wrongly to the steps is not ashamed but the brethren as they scratch their eyebrows in shame. They may have gone their way, but the disrepute done to womanhood will continue to impress upon the gender from generation to generation.
Beautiful looking women but badly behaved in public. What a metaphor! A woman is supposed to be the crown of her husband but this is not to be, given the uncultured attitude of the duo. What do we do to remedy this malady thrown upon the face of the culture and tradition of the Igbo man? Your guess is as good as mine.
Sometimes, we might begin to think about and look beyond the outward appearance and unfortunately, there is no way we can see the hearts of men but by their actions, the activities of their minds will be unravelled. With these actions of the two women, it is possible that they have dragged the reputation of the women, who have done well in politics to the mire. The little upped consciousness of increased women participation in politics may h