Photospeaks: Heroines of the Aba Women Riot of 1929

By Bolatito Bayo Puddicombe 
“These are women of Oloko in Ikwuano Local Government Area of Abia State, Nigeria, the grand women behind the Aba Women’s Riot of 1929.
“The woman in the middle is Madam Nwanyiruwa, wife of Mazi Ojim. She was a traditional nurse who specialised in child circumcisions, she challenged Mr. Emeruwa, the Census man who sent Warrant Chief Okeugo of Oloko to conduct a census of all the men, women and domestic animals in Oloko. That challenge was what led to the Aba Women’s Riot of 1929.
“The women are tying the Ekerebite of Akwete wrapper and it is worn on special days after victory in a community, in this case, we are certain this photograph was taken after the riot when the women probably became riot stars.”
Mrs. Bolatito Bayo Puddicombe is the Creative Director/Founder at Bolakoka Ventures, a textile business. She is also a Creative Writer. 

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