The Unsung Heroines: Narratives of Displaced Women in Conflict and Displacement


African Humanities Program Postdoctoral Fellowships


Fine Arts


As the epicenter of Boko Haram insurgency, Borno State, Northeast Nigeria has been the focus of a wide array of studies. Unfortunately, majority of these study represent women as vulnerable and miserable victims. And, of course, existing documentaries and narratives on the Boko Haram insurgency in the Northeast Nigeria have not presented women in any way different from such identified stereotype. There is questionably a seeming patriarchal undertone to the reasons no attempt has been made to talk about the Gwoza women and the roles they have played in rescuing their men and grown up children from Boko Haram insurgents in any documentary or narrative on the Northeast Nigeria’s fight against the insurgents to date. It is in this light that this study considers it essential to make available a platform where the voices of these women can be articulated as the unsung heroines of the Boko Haram insurgency.