IGBO Women‟s Resilience and Politics of Survival in One is Enough by Flora NWAPA

International Journal of Humanities and Social Science
© 2018 by SSRG - IJHSS Journal
Volume 5 Issue 2
Year of Publication : 2018
Authors : Ms.M.Priya and Dr.M.Angayarkan Vinayaga Selvi
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Ms.M.Priya and Dr.M.Angayarkan Vinayaga Selvi, "IGBO Women‟s Resilience and Politics of Survival in One is Enough by Flora NWAPA," SSRG International Journal of Humanities and Social Science, vol. 5,  no. 2, pp. 43-45, 2018. Crossref, https://doi.org/10.14445/23942703/IJHSS-V5I2P110


 Flora Nwapa championed the articulation of African women’s troubled existence in which they are drifting between the need to uphold indigeneity and modernity. She is best known for her debut work Efuru (1966) which reinscribes African womanhood forsaking the obligatory motherhood role. It is a great breakthrough in the tenets of Women’s Writing in Nigeria where women writers received less recognition and reception in African and International literary domain. Efuru is followed by an array of novels like Idu (1970), Never Again (1975), One is Enough (1981) and Women Are Different (1986). One is Enough is a powerful story of expedients of Amaka, the protagonist, who undergoes difficult lives, struggle and humiliation, eventually arrive at self-liberation by releasing herself from the stifling traditional institutions of marriage and family. Despite the politics of gender and sexuality the novel illustrates women’s struggle for survival in the post-war Nigeria, and represents the immense power of female energy to withstand any undesirable conditions. Thus, this paper will examine the various ‘efforts’ of different women characters, including Amaka, to overcome the war threats and its aftermath.


 Biafran war, war narratives, predicaments of women in war, survival strategies like attack trade, prostitution, illegal trading and flexible sexual acts.


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