The struggles of the modern woman as portrayed in Unigwe Chike’s on black sisters’ street
Erica K Kumi
Oppression of women is not a new phenomenon in African Literature. The older generations of writers such as Ngugi wa Thiong’o, Margaret Ogola, Chinua Achebe among other African writers have addressed the issue of women oppression in African societies. Their works primarily focused on the traditional African woman who was the symbol of African culture. Times are changing and the contemporary African writers are addressing the issue of women oppression in modern times. Literature has revealed that women now undergo different forms of oppression that stem from the inequalities in power relations and gendered power brought by patriarchal societies, failed national systems and policies. One of the modern African writers who addresses the challenges facing the modern African woman is Chike Unigwe in her book On Black Sister’s Street. An analysis of the book is done using the African feminist perspective and the de Certeau’s tactic and strategy theory. The four protagonists are victims of broken national and societal policies, repressed religious beliefs, modern slavery and poverty and violence.
Erica K Kumi. The struggles of the modern woman as portrayed in Unigwe Chike’s on black sisters’ street. International Journal of Humanities and Social Science Research, Volume 6, Issue 6, 2020, Pages 175-179