Legend of the African Mother and Child

African art one of a kind artist Michel Oro

Legend of the African Mother and Child

We met with artist, entrepreneur and importer Michel Oro Gnoka. Ellen asked why there’s a sculpture of an unhappy looking mother holding her child as though it was dead. (View product here) Michel then told us about the legend of the Legend of the African mother and child. There are strong similarities to the story of Abraham and Isaac.

The legend:

A village was being attacked by a much stronger village. Everyone in the village ran away. They reached a very wide river that they could not cross over. A woman prayed to the river god to save them. The river god answered by asking her to sacrifice her firstborn child by throwing the baby into the river. She was distraught, but decided for the sake of the village to give up her child. She was about to throw the baby in when the river god called to her and said: ‘Stop, I have seen your faith, keep the child’. The river opened wide and the villagers walked across the river to the other side. The river closed up again and everyone was delivered.