Tongolese Women Use Their “Power” to Unseat the President of Tongo


Women are resilient…and we’re pretty smart too. We know what power we have, and just when and how to use it!

This past weekend, while making a stand to end violence against women, women in Tongo were rallying for another cause; to expel the country’s president, Faure Gnassingbe, from office.

And how do they plan to accomplish their goal? By going on a sex strike! (You gotta love this!) That’s right, a sex strike.

Listen ladies, and pass it on to the younglings: You are sitting on a power mightier than any other power source known to man. I don’t have to spell it out for you, do I?  It’s called “Nah-Nah Power”……I’m not trying to be crass, I’m merely telling the truth.

Didn’t Helena launch a thousand ships?  Didn’t Jacob work for free another 7 years to finally get Rachel? And what changes did Romeo go through for Juliet? Cleopatra, Bathsheba; heck some of us can throw in a couple of women we know personally or even our own names in this list! (yeah, you can put Steen in here)  Point is, women have a natural power that men can’t resist.

And the Tongolese women are using that power. Taking a cue from women’s rights groups in Liberia earlier this year, activist Isabelle Ameganvi is asking the women of Tongo to restrain from having sex with their husbands or partners for one whole week, starting today, in an effort to get support from men in the country to impeach President Gnassingbe.

I know, some of you are saying, “a week? It’ll never work. Not long enough..” It may not seem like a long time for you, but in Tongo and other African countries, a week is a very long time. Remember, the Butterfly Bridge is here to educate all women on the cultures of others, so let’s take a look at African marital culture for a minute….

In African cultures, and other tribal cultures, denying a husband sex is easier said than done. It is not normal to do so. Sex is considered a duty for both man and wife. This does not mean a women is subject to her husband’s sexual demands, it means that women view and value sex as an important part of the marriage covenant. So couples have sex very often. Even the byproduct of sex, children, are esteemed as signs of good fortune, prosperity and health. Even though many of these children are born in poverty, giving birth is a sign of happiness. Additionally, with the mortality rate so low in Africa, many couples want to have as many children as possible, with the hopes that a few will live long enough to take care of them in their old age.

Now, compare this cultural mentality to your own. Can you see how this cultural attitude toward marriage and family might make this strike work?

Still not convinced that this will work? Then you have no faith in  the power of the Nah-Nah. You have not used, therefore you do not believe in the Nah-Nah (in my Yoda voice). I’m telling you it works! Trust me…try it sometime…”Use the Force Laura…” lol.

Here is a link to the full report on Yahoo! News .

I personally can’t wait to see how this will play out. The strike in Liberia was favorable. We’ll be following closely and let you know the results!

You guys have an amazing day and “tap into the force”!!

Love you!



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