MIGRATION AND SELF-ASSERTION IN CHIKA UNIGWE’S ON BLACK SISTERS’ STREET

MIGRATION AND SELF-ASSERTION IN CHIKA UNIGWE’S ON BLACK SISTERS’ STREET

Authors

  • Nafisat Umar Yabo Department of English Federal College of Education Technical Gusau, Zamfara State
  • Shafaatu Muhammad Anka Department of English Federal College of Education Technical (Female Only) Gusau, Zamfara State

Keywords:

Chika Unigwe, Diaspora,, Transnational Migration, elf-Assertion,, Rape, Prostitution.

Abstract

Chika Unigwe is a female African writer and one of the most important and emerging
female Nigerian novelist of the 21st century, writing in the Diaspora. Like her precursors
and contemporaries on the African literary scene, she engages constructively with the
social conditions of women of her race in Nigeria and in the Diaspora. Unigwe writes
about women and socio-economic and political issues revolving around them. In all her
write-ups, she has struggled for self-assertion among others. Consequently 21st century
becomes an important watershed that marks the phenomenon of transnational migrations
of African women in search of refuge and greener pastures. It is against this background that
this paper seeks to explore migrations and self-assertion in Chika Unigwe’s novel, On Black
Sisters’ Street which captures Nigerian characters and their strong expectations instigated
by their dreams and the challenges they encounter both in Nigeria and in the Diaspora.
Hence, this attempt encourages them to embark on transnational migration in order to
participate in formal economic activity such as prostitution with all its consequences on
their dignity. This paper adopts feminist and postcolonial approaches in the analysis of the
text. The theories allow the paper to analyse and encapsulate migration and self- assertion
in Chika Unigwe’s On Black Sistes’ Streets. The paper therefore, establishes that migration
and self-assertion cannot guarantee the expected fulfillment for the women as portrayed
in the novel. Thus peace will elude in home front and the world level if strong measures
are not taken to address the violation and the continuous subordination of women to
patriarchal dominance and male hegemony.

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Published

14-11-2022

How to Cite

Nafisat Umar Yabo, & Shafaatu Muhammad Anka. (2022). MIGRATION AND SELF-ASSERTION IN CHIKA UNIGWE’S ON BLACK SISTERS’ STREET. SOKOTO JOURNAL OF LANGUAGE, LITERATURE AND LINGUISTICS (SJOLLL), 2(1), 180–190. Retrieved from https://sjolll.org.ng/index.php/sjolll/article/view/28
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