UNIVERSITY OF KERALA
Nigerian women are subjugated in religious and educational institutions, employed in positions of lower status, marginally situated in political bodies, and legally discriminated. The study underscores that the identity of a Nigerian woman in subordinate roles is constituted into being within varied discourses controlled by power structures in varied contexts and different time periods owing to intersecting patterns of racism and sexism. In order to fathom the performative dimension of the intersectional identity of Nigerian women, the study reads Buchi Emecheta’s The Joys of Motherhood (1979) and Kehinde (1974) through Butlerian lens of performativity and Crenshawian lens of intersectionality. The study undertaken is vital as it helps to understand why Nigerian women continue to be constituted as second class citizens, slaves, mammies, and prostitutes even in the twenty-first century.
Keywords: Buchi Emecheta, intersectionality, Nigerian woman, performativity, slavery