Transitioning from the Margins to the Spotlight: A study of Emily Oghale God’s Presence Beyond the Boundaries

ISRG Journal of Arts, Humanities and Social Science, Volume 2, Issue 2

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  • Nkiruka Jacinta  Akaenyi Department of Performing Arts, Faculty of Arts, Akwa Ibom State University, Nigeria Author

DOI:

https://doi.org/10.60951/afrischolar-191

Keywords:

Empowerment Patriarchy and Politics, Gender equality, Womanism

Abstract

This study examines how Emily Oghale God’s Presence portrays the place of women in politics and leadership in her creative work. The political landscape in Nigeria is predominantly controlled by men and women seldom assume prominent roles. Achieving gender equality, especially in the realm of politics, poses a significant challenge. The prevalent perception is that women are typically viewed as supporters in politics rather than active participants, thereby relegating women to the background. This form of oppression against women is as a result of the cultural stereotypes dictating that women should occupy supportive roles rather than taking on leadership and decision-making positions. Consequently, engaging in politics or aspiring for political positions is often socially unacceptable for women. Drawing upon womanist theory, this study contends that women can only overcome stereotypes and attain influence by collectively striving for power and advocating for equality, rather than passively waiting for power to be bestowed upon them. Emily Oghale God’s Presence envisions Nigerian women as integral participants in the political mainstream, challenging the cultural stereotypes. Therefore, this study recommends that education and economic empowerment are viable means, through which women can attain equality and liberation from the restrictions imposed upon them by the society.

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2024-04-01

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Akaenyi, N. J. (2024). Transitioning from the Margins to the Spotlight: A study of Emily Oghale God’s Presence Beyond the Boundaries: ISRG Journal of Arts, Humanities and Social Science, Volume 2, Issue 2. Afrischolar Discovery Repository (Annex), 85-90. https://doi.org/10.60951/afrischolar-191

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