Portrayal of New African Women in Post Colonial Nigeria in the Plays of Osonye Tess Onwueme


Osonye Tess Onwueme is the only Nigerian dramatist who presents the concept of ‘New African Women’ in renewed light where her women characters are confident, educated, and rebellious. Her characters strongly believe in the ideology of ‘womanism’, a product of African traditional perspective. Further it helps to understand the cause and effect of socio-political and cultural events in post colonial African setting including traditional, values, intra-gender conflict and African Diaspora. Given that, the present paper critically analyse the rebellious portrayal of African Igbo women in post-colonial Nigeria, especially the paper explore the rebellious and strong women characters through the light of socio-political, economic and cultural upheavals. In particular, the paper would analyse women characters from selected plays, What Mama Said (2003), Then She Said it (2002), and The Missing Face (2002) and extensively explore from cultural studies, gender narratives and post –colonial theory. To analyse the plays, the paper would adopt qualitative method including narrative and descriptive approach which would enable to study and interpret and analyse the given characters in terms of sexual assault, norms discrimination, and culture.

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Lilly Fernandes, Al Jouf University, Saudi Arabia

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Conference: LibrAsia2015
Stream: Literature - African Literature

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