Cultural aspects of the African woman I write about in my novels
Welcome to the Culture and Identity Podcast by Eileen Omosa. I am a trainer and creative writer of romance and women’s fiction. In this second season of the Culture and Identity podcast, I bring you discussions around African women in Novels, especially how their upbringing has an influence on decisions and choices they make in life.
I reference books set in African to discuss how African women are portrayed in novels? During our discussions, I would like to get your views on a variety of issues, including the following:
1. Is the role of an African girl set long before she is born, or is she free to choose the life she desires?
2. The second question is - what role do African women play in shaping existing narratives on gender relations?
3. And question number three, does education open more opportunities or conflicts for African women?
Stay on to the end of this episode to learn about the journeys and roads traveled by some girls and women. For those of you in the development sector, or scholars or writers wanting to comprehend issues of human agency and decision-making—the issues I raise in this podcast provide some starting point to your understanding of the position of the African girl or woman in society, and the broader topic of gender and gender relations.
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In today’s episode of the Culture and Identity podcast, which I am recording on the 2nd of June 2022, I will discuss a question I am asked often. The question relates to, which women I write about. I have been asked this question many times, especially when I attend public events and have book signings.
I will answer the question by drawing information from the main female characters in six of my novels, that is novels in the series, An African Woman’s Journey. The main characters are women who have gained at least high school education, though the majority have university level education.
Through the novels, I seek to establish what happens once these women embark on a journey of becoming career women. How do they make choices whenever they are faced with opportunities or challenges which come with formal education? And, which factors have an influence on the decisions the women make?
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Until the next episode of the Culture and Identity podcast, go find the adventure hidden in books. This is Eileen Omosa signing off. Bye, bye.