Re-Visioning Gender Equality and Women Empowerment in Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Non-Fictional Works


  • Sk Abdul Hasinur Rahaman
  • Dr. Richa Arora


In the Nigerian postcolonial era, one of the globally recognized writers is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. This paper deals with the much debated issue of gender equality and women empowerment in postcolonial African or more specifically Nigerian Igbo society as found in Adichie’s two famous sensational non-fictional works - We Should All Be Feminists (2014) and Dear Ijeawele, Or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions (2017). The first book is actually a Ted Talk of Adichie delivered in 2012. The second book is originally an e-mail reply to her friend, Ijeawele, regarding how she can raise her daughter feminist. Postcolonial societies retain complex economic, political, social, racial and cultural hierarchies, all of which play a significant role in fueling a recurrent crisis of feminine identity. This paper shows how the girls are being treated in Nigerian Igbo society and the utmost need for women empowerment in the 21st century postcolonial Nigerian society.