Female Characters in the Novels of Kyallo Wadi Wamitila

  • Mikhail Gromov United States International University-Africa
Keywords: Wamitila feminism discrimination struggle


Feminism, namely its post-colonial version, is one of the most used theoretical and ideological platforms in modern African literature. Indian scholar Raj-Kumar Mishra in one of his works gives the post-colonial feminism the following characterization: “The matter of fact is that postcolonial women refuse to remain passive and continue to bear male-oppressive environments. These women seek to emancipate themselves through education, struggle, and hard work. The postcolonial men re-colonized the bodies and minds of their women in the name of preserving their cultural values. Postcolonial feminism is primarily concerned with deplorable plight of women in postcolonial environment […] Postcolonial feminists argue for women emancipation that is subalternized by social, cultural, or economic structures across the world.” (132-3). And thus: “Postcolonial feminism […] comprises non-western feminisms which negotiate the political demands of nationalism, socialist feminism, liberalism, and ecofeminism, alongside the social challenge of everyday patriarchy, typically supported by its institutional and legal discrimination: of domestic violence, sexual abuse, rape, honour killings, dowry deaths, female foeticide, child abuse”.

Author Biography

Mikhail Gromov, United States International University-Africa
Mikhail D. Gromov is an Assistant Professor of Literature at the United States International University in Nairobi. He holds an MA in African literature and Swahili language from Moscow Lomonosov State University (1989); Ph.D. (1993) and Dr. Lett. (2005) from Gorky Institute of World Literature (Moscow). He has published a number of works on modern Swahili literature. Areas of interest: literatures of Eastern and Southern Africa in English and indigenous languages, Swahili literature, comparative literature

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eISSN: 1998-1279