oa Marang : Journal of Language and Literature - The concept of new woman in Achebe s Anthills of the Savannah and Emecheta s Kehinde

Volume 17, Issue 1
  • ISSN : 1816-7659



The concern of my paper is to analyze and explore the concept of New Woman in the novels of Nigerias well-known writers: Chinua Achebe and Buchi Emecheta. As the focus is on the life of African women to reveal post-colonial reality, the novels of the above writers that are set almost in the same age have been chosen. In the struggle of self-fulfillment, African women reconfigure African womanism, prioritizing female individualization. Subverting the powerlessness of women to authority, the female protagonists in both the novels become a new breed of Nigerian women in the making. The emergence of femaleness and the woman centered endings of Anthills of the Savannah and Kehinde explicitly show their struggle is not a crusade for sexual and social justice, but a paradigm that articulates a still unrealized striving for self-expression.

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