Buchi Emecheta and African Traditional Society Essay

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Buchi Emecheta’s literary terrain is the domestic experience of the female characters, and the way in which these characters try to turn the table against the second-class and slavish status to which they are subjected either by their husbands or the male-oriented traditions. Reading Buchi Emecheta informs us of the ways fiction, especially women’s writing, plays a role in constructing a world in which women can live complete lives; a world that may provide women with opportunities for freedom, creativity, self-expression, friendship and love. Welesley Brown Lloyd believes that; “of all women writers in contemporary African literature Buchi Emecheta of Nigeria has been the most sustained and vigorous voice of direct feminist protest” (35)…show more content…
(xii) Emecheta's first novels which are set in Nigeria, The Salve Girl, The Bride Price and The Joys of Motherhood work like a double-edged sword. On the one hand, they are portraits of "female bondage" (Frank 749), describing African women in their total submergence and enslavement. On the other, they depict the structures and institutions which empower women and increase their participation in the socio-political, economic and spiritual activities in their community. In these three novels she gives a picture of women in contemporary society as well as those in the past. The realistic picture provided by the writer destroys women's contentment with the present state of affairs while giving insights into the strategies that enable women to survive the oppressions of patriarchal society. Two types of women are presented in these novels: those that concede to oppression and domination of the patriarchal society and those who try hard to exploit the existing institutions of their society for their best. It is mainly in these three novels that the writer intends to show the positive possibilities offered to women in the traditional African society which helps them have some degrees of authenticity and also remind the readers of colonialism’s responsibilities in depriving women of these rights and thus aggravating the subjugation. In an Igbo society there are
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