Essay about African Women Of African Female Writers
1.3. "Ngambika" and the Commitment of African Female Writers.
Ngambika is a word that captures the totality of the African woman’s feminist thought or need. This phrase is used in Carole Boyce-Davies’ coedited work Ngambika: Studies of Women in African Literature (1986). African feminist discourses are made largely possible through female authored literatures by African women. Closely tied to stiwanism is the commitment of the African female writer (it has been said that the commitment of the African female writer is) to tell the realities of the African woman. It has been said that female writers in Africa started writing to protest male writers’ depictions and prescriptions of what a woman, womanhood and relationship should be. “it seems that African female writers and critics are beginning to awaken from creativity stupor” (Emerging Perspective on B.E 155).
Female writers tell the story of the African woman from the African woman writer’s point of view as against the general brushstroke with which the African male writer paints every woman. The commitment of the African female writer therefore is to take control of the narrative of the African woman’s reality, first as a writer, second, as a woman, and third, as a third-world woman in order to capture the actualities of being a woman in specific African…