Publisher: University of Port Harcourt

New Identity and The Revolutionary Woman: Ngugi Wa Thiong’O’S Nyawira

Ibiene Evelyn Iboroma
KEYWORDS: New Identity, Revolutionary Woman, Ngugi wa Thiong’O, Nyawira


Ngugi wa Thiong’O is one of the African male novelists whose novels are replete with examples of revolutionary conscious female characters who struggle against patriarchal, neocolonialist and imperialist hegemony. Adopting socialist feminism as the theoretical framework, the paper demonstrates that Ngugi’s recognition of the multi-dimensional roles of the African woman in contemporary African society reaches its summit in Wizard of the Crow. The female protagonist of this novel, Nyawira, gains new grounds as she empowers other women through various resistance devices to transpose not only patriarchy, but also the ruling oligarchy and dictatorship in Aburiria, a prototype postcolonial African country. The paper asserts that Nyawira’s undaunted political posture ushers in participatory democracy in Aburiria thereby instituting a drastic change in the political landscape of her country. She also succeeds in providing feminine consciousness that pushes back the boundaries of female subordination to make room for women in marital union. Nyawira is indeed a revolutionary character per excellence who carves out a new identity for African women both at the private and public spheres.

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