Newell, a professor of English with research focus on the public sphere in post-colonial West Africa, agrees that, African female writers are using “the novel to propose new ways of perceiving womanhood in their societies and thus generate a gender-scape for the circulation of...
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...motherhood he was soon bored and would go further afield for some other exciting, tall and proud female” (Joys of Motherhood 10). She chooses not to be an addition to his harem, but content to be his mistress as long as he meets with her in her father’s house.
Ona’s refusal to marry Agbadi makes her a competition for him. According to the narrator: “He ruled his family and children as if he were a god. Yet he gave her his love without reservation, and she enjoyed it; she suspected however that her fate would be the same as that of his other women should she consent to become one of his wives” (15). She gets pregnant eventually, and gives birth to the protagonist of the novel, Nnu Ego. She turns out to be nothing like her mother, who died shortly after she was born. Readers are first introduced to her trying to commit suicide by jumping off Carter’s bridge in Lagos.
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