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IJLLL 2020 Vol.6(4): 203-209 ISSN: 2382-6282
DOI: 10.18178/IJLLL.2020.6.4.277

Beyond a Single Category: Intersections of Oppressions in Northern Nigerian Women Poetry

Dikko Muhammad
Abstract—This paper contends that the poetry by women in Northern Nigeria addresses several forms of injustices that mutually support one another. The poets confront multiple forms of categories used to maintain the discriminatory structure and institutions that give some people undue sociopolitical and economic advantages over others. The discourse affirms the inadequacy of gender or class lenses through which the profundity of the examined poems can be scrutinized. A proper study requires multidimensional and intersectional study of the poems through several ways in which they expose multiple layers of oppression that intersect and mutually inform and strengthen one another. This study portrays the commitment of these poets as marginalized writers from the North. Through an intersectional prism, these poems project how gender, class, ethnicity and regionality coalesce to build a structure of injustice in a mutually supportive way. A workable solution requires that these oppressive tendencies be challenged in their wholeness and not individually as they overlap and support one another; hence this study renders an intersectional reading informed by post-structuralist frame.

Index Terms—Intersectionality, poetry, women in Northern Nigeria, oppression.

The author is with Bayreuth International Graduate School of African Studies (BIGSAS), University of Bayreuth, Germany (e-mail: dikko.muhammad@umyu.edu.ng).


Cite:Dikko Muhammad, "Beyond a Single Category: Intersections of Oppressions in Northern Nigerian Women Poetry," International Journal of Languages, Literature and Linguistics vol. 6, no. 4, pp. 203-209, 2020.

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