The Politics of Gender in Gikuyu Nduumo Poetry: A Performance and Gender Approach


African Humanities Program Dissertation Fellowships




This study explores the world of contemporary female performing artists who work in community Women Self-help Groups, and how this influence their positions, philosophy, and thinking as decision-makers and how their decisions affect their lives. Attention is given to the way content and form of Nduumo pooetry portray gender issues. The study further investigates how style and figurative features project, reflect, and construct gender in relation to women's emancipation dispensations. It contends that the performance of Nduumo Poetry is a situated artistic and social practice that women use to tackle societal problems and challenges they face. It further examines women's search for identity, freedom, and empowerment and how resistance manifests in their quest for liberation from patriarchal hegemonies.