Survival Tendencies and Strategies of Nigerian Women Against ‘Waiting-Motherhood’, Child-Succession-Syndrome and Other Stereotypes in Selected Contemporary Fiction


African Humanities Program Postdoctoral Fellowships


Languages & Literacy


This study is an in-depth and critical analytical study of survival trends and strategies of Nigerian women against ‘waiting motherhood’, ‘child-succession syndrome’ and other stereotypes and the impact of these trends on Nigerian people, culture and state as narrated in selected novels. The works which are purposefully selected for the study are Chukwuemeka Ike’s Conspiracy of Silence, Chydy Njere’s Ordinary Woman, Ifeoma Okoye’s, Behind the Clouds, Kaine Agary’s Yellow Yellow, Lola Shoneyin’s The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives, and Solomon Iguanre’s Scented Debris. The approches of Feminism, Psychological, and New Literary Historicism are found very relevant. They are applied in the study to explore fresh perspectives on the selected novels as it identifies the acquisition of ‘spare part partners’, ‘baby-sex-swap’, same sex marriage, variant forms of infidelity, and others as tendencies and strategies employed by Nigerian women for the survival of the stigma of ‘awaiting motherhood’, child – especially male child succession quandary, and other stereotypes.