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Dimensions of African Motherhood

Achola O. Pala


The article provides a filter through which a deeper understanding into the phenomenon of motherhood in Africa can be accessed. Three inter-related dimensions of motherhood are highlighted: biological, social/economic and the spiritual. Taken separately and together these dimensions of motherhood give women immense power, which is at times overt and at times latent.


Motherhood; Spiritual dimensions; Agency; African cultures

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JENdA: A Journal of Culture and African Women Studies. ISSN: 1530-5686 (online).
Editors: Nkiru Nzegwu; Book Editor: Mary Dillard.

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