FEMINIST PERSPECTIVES ON GIRL CHILD RAPE IN AHMED YERIMA’S AETU AND OSITA EZENWANEBE’S THE DAWN OF FULL MOON

Nkiruka Jacinta Akaenyi (PhD)

Abstract


This study examines feminist perspectives on girl child rape as captured in Ahmed Yerima's play Aetu and Osita Ezenwanebe's The Dawn of Full Moon. Focusing on the nuanced approaches employed by the two playwrights, this study aims to provide specific aspects of representation of sexual violence against young girls in the context of feminist discourse. Through a critical examination of the chosen works, this study explores the strategies adopted by Yerima and Ezenwanebe in depicting the aftermath of girl child rape and emphasizes the resilience and agency of female power against sexual violence. Drawing on Womanism as subset of feminist theorization, this study investigates the broader implications of the portrayals to the girl child and on national development. The findings indicate that while Yerima adopts a forceful approach Ezenwanebe’s The Dawn of Full Moon opts for subtle negotiation. The study recommends that Nigerian playwrights reassess their views on gender, culture, and empowerment issues while advocating for a standpoint that is enduring, that promotes improved harmony and capable of dismantling the unequal gender dynamics in present-day Nigerian society.


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Feminism, Womanism, Gender Discourse, Patriarchy, Rape.

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