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Volume 3 Issue 6

February 2018

Understanding African Myth of Uhamiri, the Lake Goddess in Flora Nwapa’s Efuru
Ms. M. Priya , 
Researcher, 
Department of English, 
Bharathidasan University, 
Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India

Dr. M. Angayarkan Vinayagaselvi , 
Assistant Professor, 
Department of English, 
Bharathidasan University, 
Tiruchirappalli, Tamil Nadu, India
Abstract
Flora Nwapa, an authorial female voice from Nigeria, is indebted to African myths and culture for her literary resources. Her female characters are shown operating under the strong influence of cultural and spiritual forces, yet negotiating their space within the circumscribed traditional norms. So, they represent an ideal symbol for female manifestation in a society deeply entrenched in cultural and colonial roots. By integrating indigeneity and modernity with the undercurrent of Uhamiri myth Nwapa has achieved a complementarity of two cultures, of course with subversive tone for western ambience. Nwapa’s feminist writings uphold the Lake Goddess as an ideal symbol for African womanhood with the revolutionary and evolutionary manifestations. Hence, the article will discuss the contextualization of Uhamiri myth in defying patriarchal institutions and affirming the manipulated female energy for self-elevation.
Keywords
African Tradition; Igbo Women; Uhamiri Myth and its Subversion.
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