Judging by recent developments within the literary community in Nigeria, it appears that female writers are gradually taking over from their male counterparts.
Investigation shows that women writing, which started flourishing a few years ago, used to be more or less a novelty with only the likes of Flora Nwapa, Buchi Emecheta, Mabel Segun and Zulu Sofola as the biggest actors.
Before now, Nigerian literature reflected societies dominated by the men and targeted at the men folk. Women were a little more than appendages denied active participation in such societies. They were, as it were, believed to be fit for the kitchen.
Fortunately, the situation is no longer the same as the women, as if suddenly awakened from slumber, have begun to assert themselves on the literary turf. For example, female writers have dominated the final short lists for the Etisalat Prize for Literature since the inception…
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