Cultural Literacy and Educational Empowerment of Women in the 21st Century: A Study of Into the World, Nneora: An African Doll's House and Our Wife is not a Woman

Udengwu, Ngozi
March 2010
African Performance Review;2010, Vol. 4 Issue 1, p35
Academic Journal
Many women writers see education as a passport to women liberation and empowerment and there seems to be an equal opportunity to education for both men and women. But UNESCO statistics shows that, not only is the literacy rate higher for males, the males also form the higher workforce, and dominate professional and political positions, leaving one to wonder where women have gone with all their educational empowerment. What, perhaps, is not evident is the reason why women still lag behind in almost every meaningful life's endeavour. This essay explores how the educational empowerment of women is undermined by their cultural mindset, resulting in a lackadaisical attitude to education and subsequent economic disempowerment. Onyeka Onyekuba's Into the World; Tracie Utoh's Nneora: An African Doll's House, and Stella Oyedepo's Our Wife is not a Woman offer insight into the condition under which women struggle to exercise their rights to exist. The characters in these plays represent three categories of women in the task of managing the conflict between cultural literacy and educational empowerment.


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