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Violence against women in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus and Akachi Adimora-Eziegbo’s Trafficked

An African feminist insight
WithCharles A. Bodunde, Foluke R. Aliyu-Ibrahim

This chapter examines the presentation of violence against women in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's Purple Hibiscus and Akachi Adimora-Ezeigbo's Trafficked and how such acts affect both genders. While violence against women in the works of Nigerian female writers would be perceived mainly as occurring in the private sphere, female writers conceive violence as transpiring in both the private and public spheres. The main thrust of African Feminisms is that the feminist theory to be adopted in the analysis of text with a feminist purpose should be determined by the culture identified in the world of the text. The perpetrators of violence in Purple Hibiscus include Eugene, Beatrice, colonialist Britain, the postcolonial military government, and neo-colonialism. A similar scenario occurs in Trafficked, where Adimora-Ezeigbo links the various factors that are responsible for both male and female characters to turn to physical and psychological violence.