JASSD - Journal of African Studies and Sustainable Development (Vol. 5 No. 1, 2022) THE NOBILITY AND SACREDNESS OF MOTHERHOOD: AFRICANEXISTENTIAL PERSPECTIVE Purissima Emelda Egbekpalu, PhD


Motherhood is an exclusive state for women. It is a gift to the society and a vocation of women at the service of humanity. Mothers are forces to be reckoned with in the society for sustainable human development. They exhibit total disposition to service in unity and love and render humane attention as they exercise leadership in service. Unfortunately, many cultures tend to derogate mothers. This paper gears to discover the nobility and sacredness of motherhood. It x-rays the image of mothers in the society as well as the basic existential truth about them. From various authors as well as African-existential perspective, it discovers the dignity, blessedness and the splendour of the vocation of mothers through their distinctive roles and unique vocation of service in selfless love. It submits that mothers are naturally drawn by sympathy though with high sense of morality and justice. It also reveals that their major roles which are necessitated in their two basic existential forms of their beings as wife and mother dispose them to lovely services. Although cultural attitudes to mothers are not too satisfying at least to the women themselves but fortunately the Church has an esteemed and admirable image of them and upholds motherhood as a sacred and noble state.

Keywords: Motherhood, Nobility, Dignity, Sacredness, African-Existential Perspective

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