Slavery and Subjugation in selected Novels of Buchi Emecheta
Feminism in Africa, voice of different experiences under social and cultural background. African women from their birth considered as an inferior gender. The women are being dominated, suppressed, and oppressed by the male. Emecheta as a Nigerian woman focuses on the oppressed and marginalized condition of women in African society, through her novels. The author explores the slavery as the institution of the society, where the women are treated as the weaker sex. Emecheta tries to bring out the pathetic condition of women and their struggles as a caged bird in the form of tradition and culture. Buchi Emecheta, While addressing the second African writers’ conference, held at Stockholm, Sweden in 1986,informed that “MY books are like my children”(1986:173). Echoed in her novel, Head Above Water, autobiography as: “Most of my early novels, articles poems and short stories are like my children, too close to my heart. They are too real. They are too me” (p 1).