Literacy and Gender Parity in the Works of Buchi Emecheta, Zaynab Alkali and Akachi
Sunday Osim Etim, Ph.D and Patience 0. 0. Ebam
Department of English
Cross River State College of Education, Akamkpa
The patriarchy—developed devaluation of the girl child and the concomitant preference for sons inadvertently contributes to the disadvantaged position most females find themselves in society: ln arguably, professional careers — Medicine.Engineering, Mining, etc. continue to be exclusive male preserve, while commonplace circles such as sewing, catering and secretarial duties remain female dominant disciplines. This paper therefore makes a case for equal unhindered access to education in conformity with the United Nation’s Millennium Development Goals (MDG). For purposes of illustration, Buchi Emecheta’s Second class citizen (1985); Zaynab Alkali’s. The descendants
(2005); and Akachi Adimora Ezeigho’s Children of the eagle (2002) are interrogated with a view to exemplifying the liberalizing influence of literacy and its attendant propensity to empower the individual economically, socially,
politically. psychologically and otherwise. The textual analysis reveals that men from educated homes are less haters of women than those from completely no literate backgrounds. Again, it is only the woman who can read and write, and is thus made aware of her rights and privileges that can agitate for gender parity. It is recommended in this paper that good quality education should be provided and made accessible to both males and. females. Gender should he deemphasized in order to reduce the tension in homes and make for a healthy society.