Reflecting on the experiences and presentations of widowhood across Imo State, Nigeria.
photography & words Adaeze Ihebom
WHAT DO WE UNDERSTAND OF WIDOWHOOD TODAY?
This is an ongoing portrait series that documents the women of Nnorie, a small village located near Owerri Imo State, in the Eastern part of Nigeria. In the weeks that I was there, I would normally visit these Women and they were so open and willing to share their experiences of widowhood; particularly how they are dealing with life after the death of their husbands. Every single woman I documented possessed their own unique story to share. Despite their struggles, I noticed that all the Women I have documented so far had something in common and that is the love for their children. These Women are absolutely extraordinary and strong, and sometimes we underestimate their power. After the trip, staying with these women and listening to their stories, made me think a lot about life. So I chose to make them heroes rather than victims, I wanted to highlight their strengths.
Adaeze Ihebom is a Nigerian-Italian artist based in London. See more of her work at www.adaezeihebom.format.com