Old Wives' Tales Pbdirect Life-stories from Ibibioland
By Iris Andreski Copyright 2015
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This volume is a collection of tales of life histories of 26 elderly women from Ibiboland. It obtains a first-hand record of the pattern of life and banishes the myth of primitivity of the African by illustrating the complexity of conversational language of peasants and market women.
1. Introduction 2. The reluctant sorceress 3. The home daughter 4. The magic water-pot 5. A reprieved man’s daughter 6. A chief’s widow 7. The money-doubler’s widow 8. A village schoolmistress 9. A prosperous wife 10. A bitter woman 11. The barren wife 12. The widow bound by sorcery 13. A deaconess 14. The midwife’s tale 15. The hunter’s wife 16. The pawned daughter 17. A fortunate woman 18. The oldest inhabitant 19. A conservative 20. The twin who survived 21. The blind man’s wife 22. A happily-married woman 23. The slave’s daughter 24. A travelled woman 25. The witch’s great-grand-daughter 26. A lady member of Ekpo 27. A nursing sister