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African traditional society and the image of women in akachi's last of the strong ones and elechi's concubine?

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African traditional religion is inextricably
linked to the culture of the African people.
Religion, culture, politics, and society were
part of a seamless whole and no part of it
could stand on its own. The absence of a
specific word for “religion” in many African
languages is an indication of this African
holistic understanding of life. Words related
to the concept of religion may be translated
as “custom,” “tradition,” or “way of life.”
Later scholars adopted special terms to
designate the religious practices and beliefs
found in Africa, all of which combined to
show that the perspective of the African
practitioners of their ancestral religion was
not worth considering. As a result, the
African religious traditions became
synonymous with the idea of “otherness.”
This article discusses the traditional
religious society of Africa, focusing on the
traditional African worldview, social
organization and religion, charter myths,
religion and public morality, social change,
and religious change.
Keywords: Africa, religion, religious society,
myths, African worldview, social
organization, public morality, social change,
religious change, culture
  • Gaby: This study examines ‘The Power of
    Women’ in Akachi Adimora-
    Ezeigbo’s The Last of the Strong
    Ones and House of Symbols. The
    study employs the theory of
    feminism in the literary analysis of
    the two novels. The research
    attempts to answer questions such
    as how women writers use their
    creativity to better the lot of women
    in the contemporary Nigerian
    society. It traces the women’s plight
    back to the pre-colonial era, as a
    means of projecting into the
    contemporary period. The study also
    investigates the author’s ideology
    and style, which revolves around
    projection of women as being of
    equal intelligence and disposition
    with men. There has been a critique
    of patriarchy which society
    constructs to label women as
    inferior to men as often portrayed
    by male-authored works. This view
    is shown to be biased and false
    judging from the roles and life-
    history of characters in both texts
    by Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo. To
    achieve the set objectives of this
    discourse, the work is divided into
    five related chapters. The first
    chapter looks at a general
    introduction that befits a scholarly
    work of this theme, ‘The Power of
    Women’. The second chapter is a
    review on different perspectives of
    women achievements. The third
    chapter highlights and analyzes the
    power of women in The Last of the
    Strong Ones, while the fourth
    chapter evaluates women and
    community development in House of
    Symbols. Chapter five is the
    conclusion, women have voice and
    can negotiate their existence in the
    society today. Women are no longer
    underdog which was formally a
    norm. Today, we can say that
    women’s plight is ameliorated! It is
    hoped that this study will serve as
    prototype for future community
    development approach. Also, it is
    believed that this democratic
    approach will make feminist
    essence acceptable globally. Truly,
    Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo’s works is
    literature in the service of men.
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  • Gaby: The Concubine is the debut novel by
    Nigerian writer Elechi Amadi originally
    published in 1966 as part of the
    Heinemann African Writers Series.
    Set in a remote village in Eastern Nigeria,
    an area yet to be affected by European
    values and where society is orderly and
    predictable, the story concerns a woman
    "of great beauty and dignity" who
    inadvertently brings suffering and death
    to all her lovers.
    The novel portrays a society still ruled by
    traditional gods, offering a glimpse into
    the human relationships that such a
    society creates.
    On its publication in London by
    Heinemann Educational Books, The
    Concubine was hailed as a "most
    accomplished first performance" and "an
    outstanding work of pure fiction". A critical study of the novel was written by
    Alatair Niven, who called it: "an example of
    how an absence of conscious
    sophistication or experimentation can
    result in a novel of classic simplicity....
    Rooted firmly among the hunting and
    fishing villages of the Niger delta, The
    Concubine nevertheless possesses the
    timelessness and universality of a major novel."
    The Concubine has been made into a film,
    written by Elechi Amadi and directed by
    Nollywood director Andy Amenechi; the
    film was premiered in Abuja in March
    Like 0    Dislike 0   4 months ago
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