Feminism In African Feminism

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According to Naomi Nkealah who considers diverse streams of African feminisms as something which strive to create a new, liberal, productive and self-reliant African woman within the heterogeneous cultures of Africa. Feminisms in Africa, ultimately, aim at modifying culture as it affects women in different societies. Thus taking the multifarious nature of African experience into consideration, African Feminisms explore the possibilities of embracing the magnitude of their collective experiences. Assorted patterns of feminisms, that deviate from the conceptual equations of (western) feminism and construed after indigenous models emerged in African backdrop- such as Womanism, Stiwanism, Nego-feminism, Motherism, Femalism and Snail-sense feminism. Being indigenous blueprints these variegated modes were attempts to demarcate African female at the centre of entire contentions and to explore in the cultural chronicles for material to initiate further elaboration. For Adichie the label 'feminist' is not something derogatory but an umbrella where every woman should find shelter in. Adichie's pronouncements are completely against the preconceived notions on gender are not meaningful but (universally) arbitrary. In "We All Shall Be Feminists" she says: But that is not what this conversation is about. Gender and class are different. Poor men still have the privileges of being men, even if they do not have the privileges of being wealthy. I learned a lot about systems of
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