Gender and the Quest for Social Justice and Relevance in Chimamanda Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun

  • Itang Ede Egbung Department of English and Literary Studies, University Of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria.
Keywords: Gender, Quest, Social Justice and Relevance


This paper uses the feminist theory to argue that the complementarity of the male and female
genders enhances growth, development and social justice in the society. The paper discovers that
the male and female genders’ quest for social justice and relevance is fraught with obstacles
which make their journey to self-fulfillment laborious. But through resilience, resoluteness and
steadfastness, the genders are able to surmount the obstacles on their way to justice, equity and
fulfillment. However, although both male and female genders engage in the quest for social
justice and relevance, the obstacles women face are usually male-generated. This is because
African society is patriarchal; a system that thrives on the dominat ion of women. In Purple
Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun, Adichie repudiates the notion of female inferiority by
creating women who are vocal, hardworking, resourceful and assertive; women who advocate for
social justice and equity in their societies. This paper concludes that Adichie in these works
creates male and female characters who complement each other in their quest for social justice
and relevance.

Author Biography

Itang Ede Egbung, Department of English and Literary Studies, University Of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria.

Department of English and Literary Studies, University Of Calabar, Calabar, Nigeria.


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