Publisher: University of Calabar

Deconstructing Patriarchy By Nigerian Female Playwrights: A Review of Irene Salami-Agunloye’S Sweet Revenge

Imoh Sunday Obot
KEYWORDS: Deconstructing, Patriarchy and Nigerian Female Playwrights


Several attempts have been made by female playwrights in the past two decades to upturn the system of patriarchy in Africa especially in Nigeria. The reason adduced for this attempt is to give women equal opportunity with their male counterpart. The argument has been that, the continuous existence of Patriarchy as a social system in Nigeria and Africa at large has been an inhibiting factor to women who have endured its subjugation for so long. It is also argued that this practice, which is mostly strengthened by culture and religion, has impeded women from actualizing their potentials and as such unable to contribute meaningfully to the growth of the society.  Therefore, this paper considered the work of Irene Salami-Agunloye‟s Sweet Revenge in terms of its contributions to addressing several issues of female deprivation as a result of male dominance and emancipation in Nigeria using Jacques Derrida‟s theory of Deconstruction as the underpinning theoretical framework. The study found that female playwrights in Nigeria in their bid to protest against patriarchy tend to deploy and conform to western feminist ideology whereas, the socio-cultural indices are quite different. Therefore, this paper concludes by asserting that in attempting a deconstruction of patriarchy,female playwrights in Nigeria should essentially take the Afro-centric feminist ideologies into consideration,which does not negate the rights of women but tries to create gender balance

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