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A community of campus creatives questions rape through a chapbook

by Agunbiade Kehinde - 12 January 2021 337 Views

Wind & Water—a chapbook questioning rape

In May 2020, a 22-year-old female student named Uwa Omozuwa was studying in a church in Benin City when she was raped. From the injuries inflicted on her by her attacker(s), she died in a hospital three days after the unfortunate incident. She had a bright dream—she was to be a nurse. With posters featuring her slight, gentle smile, concerned Nigerians demanded justice by trending the hashtag #JusticeForUwa. Rape cases involving murder are not unusual. Within the period of Uwa's rape and murder, 18-year-old Bello Barakat was raped and macheted to death in Ibadan, too. 

Year in year out, rape cases, and those involving deaths of the victims, keep surging in Nigeria. Despite the global scorn fixated on violence against women, the menace keeps growing. In Nigeria, when one thinks  consolidated support should be given to the cause, one finds gibbering men and women from social media bandying words with people who stand against rape and sexual abuse in all its entirety. They are rape apologists who find excuses to blame victims for what they wore or where they were at the time they were attacked. This needless justifications have morphed into a binary opposition rape apologists and anti-rape advocators. 

In June 2020, the Nigerian Police recorded 717 rape cases between January and May, THE PUNCH reported. This underscores the need for many hands on the artillery to fight this menace. As Literature, from prose to poetry, has been known to reflect upon dominant situations, to either endorse or question them, a community of campus creatives have lent a consolidated voice against the menace of rape in the Nigerian society, through a chapbook titled Wind & Water . Artmosterrific tackles the ugly trend through curating a chapbook in which literary eorks reflect upon the motif of sexual violence and violence against women. 

Wind & Water is "a body of work that can only be described as a reclamation." The chapbook questions "why these atrocities exist," and also, "why the ability to justify these atrocities with private, public, and even unconscious biases thrive." Download the chapbook for free: Wind & Water

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