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Research Article | Volume 4 Issue 5 (September, 2023)
Gender Issue in Myth, Legend and Epic: A Pan-Africanist Evaluation of Ayi Kwei Armah’s Orality
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Sept. 2, 2023
Abstract
The purpose of African orality is to educate while entertaining, with short stories, riddles, and songs accompanied by traditional dances and fairy tales, all of which are cognitive activities. They are the bearers of a moral code that is very useful for the education of youths in society. In their fight for Cultural Renaissance, some post-colonial African writers are involved in a more realistic oral literature that meets the needs of Africans. Ayi Kwei Armah is one of these visionary artists who have developed a new structure of orality through various approaches in the Myth, Legend and Epic literary genres.This innovation has provoked polemics from critics. This paper examines Armah’s perception of gender equity while showing the historically awkward aspect of gender inequality in African literature. He also outlines the challenges and constraints associated with African writers’ deconstruction of the traditional African novel. The gender issue is explored in his historical novels as best fitting his vision of equity in cultural remodelling. Its effectiveness will depend on inclusive strategy of socio-political and economic empowerment. We have adopted gender theories and a Marxist approach to outline the problem and balance the roles of men and women to be more effective. In the end, the author’s work on gender shows the particularity of his texts that highlight a new form of literature, which has considerably contributed to the development of orality in terms of new strategies and cultural improvement.
Keywords
Orality- Myth- Legend- Epic- Gender Equity- Cultural Remodelling
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