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 about African women in Novels, including aspects of their upbringing in relation to the decisions and choices they make throughout their lives.
I reference books set in African to discuss how writers portray African women in novels? During the discussions, I welcome your views on a variety of issues, including, 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, what factors have an influence on the decisions the women make?
Here are questions for you to reflect on during and after this podcast episode:
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?
...“Sophia, Sophia, Sophiaaaa.”
“Eeeeh, Mama, I am coming. I’m on my way.” Sophia hurried her step, both hands stretched upwards, supporting each side of the load on her head, as she responded to the faraway call from her mother.
As she walked the last stretch of the path to her parent’s compound, she saw Stella, her mother standing on the front yard, a baby in one arm.
....Thank you for coming this far with me.
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As I mentioned at the beginning of this episode of the Culture and Identity podcast, I am a published author of novels under the broad theme of change and adaptation. Six of my novels focus on the African girl who has gained an education and is striving to balance a formal career while she fulfils cultural expectations of her as a female member of society.
You can get copies of my books from your online book retailer. My books are sold on Amazon, Kobo and Google Books. Search for the books in your local bookstores as well, and through your local library. Did you know you can ask your librarian to order book titles you need to read?
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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.