Evidently, the African context is about the same as the North American context: some do and some don’t think women in teaching positions is a good idea. In the Africa Bible Commentary there is an essay on “The Role of Women in the Church.” It appears in the commentary on 1 Timothy 2:7-10 — which is an interesting placement.
The article is by Nyambura J. Njoroge — I don’t know if this person is male or female. Here are some highlights:
1. It questions using 1 Cor 11:34-35 (it says 13:34) and 1 Tim 2:11-14 as “laying down absolutes rather than general principles within a particular culture.”
2. We need to avoid the cultural roles men and women play; we need more theological exposition by discerning God’s will, by rooting ourselves in Jesus’ liberative vision (Luke 4:18-19), and by exploring the fullness of life (John 10:10).
3. “What women and men can do depends on our obedience to the guidance and empowerment of the Holy Spirit.”
4. Because of patriarchal, hierarchical, and sexist attitudes, women have a critical and prophetic role in Africa.
5. “Where churches have listened to the voice of the Holy Spirit … women have been ordained to the ministry of word and sacrament.”
The commentary is by Solomon Andria, and it shows more of a “complementarian” view. It sees “silence” in terms of hierarchy; it suggests Peterson’s The Message is more acceptable to some because it anchors Paul’s statement in a particular context of assertive women; for Africa, the author asks, there is the question of what “silence” means in Africa as an equivalent.