Ojebeta's brother, influenced by the imperialist hegemony that bred materialistic inclination and obsession with prosperity in him, sells her to slavery to buy a better cloth for his coming of age ceremony. As a female, Ojebeta is enslaved either by the patriarchal society or by the slave trade itself since the act of selling is never condemned but is sanctioned by the native cultural. The young girl is taken to Onitsha market to sell by her brother through a dark mysterious way metaphorically referred to as to "the belly of the earth". Through her mysterious journey Ojebeta dies as a free subject and is born in the dark and mysterious world of slavery, patriarchy and male hegemony. It is in the new setting and to conform to the laws of the new environment that Ojebeta is to cast off her charms which gave her sound and inscribe her individuality and thus from then on hers will be the story of silence, invisibility and female exploitation.
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