Colonialism In I Will Marry When I Want?

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Ingrid Sinclair wanted to show the problems in contemporary Africa, and how it all stemmed from colonialism. Independence was only the first step in the goal of creating a new, truly independent Africa. By pointing out these shortcomings, Sinclair hoped that people would start more discussions and continue to fight for equality on all levels. One of the most devastating, most exploitative system that the Europeans brought to Africa was their version of class. This class struggle ravaged natives and kept most of them poor during pre-independence. However, even after independence was gained, this class system stayed in place. Europeans were still able to exploit people and their land using the new African Bourgeoisie that had rose. This is best seen in the play I Will Marry When I Want by Ngugi Wa Thiong’o and Ngugi Wa Mirii. …show more content…
It is the people of Africa who find themselves falling short of their revolutionary goals, and these frustrations resonate within contemporary African writers. So Long a Letter by Mariama BÃ, points out many of these frustrations, however, she offers a woman’s perspective. This is important because so many African writers and play writes are men. Women’s opinions and views have to be heard because they are one of the groups fighting for equality in their society.
So Long a Letter was an epistolary novel which discussed the problems many contemporary African women face. It did this through the two main characters, Aissatou and Ramatoulaye. Although their stories’ both seemed lugubrious at first, their desire and ability to overcome the struggle set a precedent for African women when dealing with gender inequality. BÃ promoted womanism throughout her novel, or the greater idea of African women bonding together to fight for the struggle. She also highlighted many disappointments of her country and fellow

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