Uzodike, Chinwendu Udoka.
Woman in Africa: A Study of Anglophone African
In recent times African women have
been presented in the media and in various forms of information
disseminating organs as having never played a dominant role in
fashioning and modelling African societies. A historical recall
however exposes obvious misrepresentations in portraying traditional
African women as subjugate weaklings trapped in polygamous marriages
and legally incapacitated to make valuable contributions to their
societies. By means of novels by Anglophone African writers this
dissertation traces the transformation of the images of women and
their roles in the African society before and after colonisation,
religious conquest and Western invasion which all led to the
suppression of women and to a loss of their traditional roles.
Furthermore it analyses and compares the notions of ‘gender equity’
used by African womanists and ‘gender equality’ used by Western
feminists and draws attention to the activities of NGO’s in selected
Anglophone countries to create awareness and solutions to women
problems. This work addresses all students and lecturers of English
literature, African and Women Studies, companies implementing
diversity programmes and all those who today seek a lasting and
mutually beneficial change in the relations between the sexes as
well as their respective roles in our society.