Mirage of Afro-Feminism
Ishaya Albert, author
Mirage of Afro-feminism explores a very important and recurrent theme in human societies—the need to accord women and children their rightful places in society. In exploring the subject, the author lays a subtle but convincing development and precision of plots, with the characters of Mrs. Lawal, Dr. Hafsat, Edna Shay, Corporal Talachi, Dr. Asunki, and Katherine as key players, with a cloud of other characters. The whole plot is relayed through an exciting and captivating style of narrative in the unique tone of the author, which, in turn, makes every scenario enjoyable, replayable, and exciting with every sense of accuracy and exactness, without any space for makeup or aborted suspense. The plot depicted through the character of Mrs. Lawal expresses the needs for selfless service, sacrifice, love, and care as values for positive social change. Dr. Hafsat: Through her, the work vividly shows the plight of women in society with an emphasis on the lack of respect for women as a major constraint to effective emancipation. Also, in her character, the off-track trends in women’s rights—solidarity, activism, and feminism, alongside their overbearing and counterproductive tendencies against genuine women’s liberation and empowerment—are highlighted. Edna Shay: Through her, the plot hints at the difference between the developed and developing worlds, which is attitude, characterized by respect for oneself and others on the one hand and lack of respect for humanity on the other hand. Talachi: Through him, the plot gives a picture of to what extent a kind fellow can go to support the human cause and to help others live a better life, especially under the burden of undoing one’s mistakes against humanity, and to have a free conscience by personal conviction. Dr. Asunki: In this character, a seeker of better ways to live and an accomplished personality who is chiefly concerned with seeing people, especially women, get accomplished to the fullest of their potentials, is depicted. Katherine: In her character, a dormant deputy is seen, who, on coming to the stage, turns into a game changer in a dwindling and obscured women’s forum. Her mien, experience, and temperament are the forces that propel Dr. Hafsat to take a resolute step to solve the puzzle that mitigates her efforts in women’s rights and feminist pursuits. Mirage of Afro-feminism is a work that speaks against global indifference and irresoluteness in the plight of women and children alongside some other people globally, especially people trapped in conflict zones across the globe, in a loud and clear tone. The book also breaks the socioreligious silence about the status quo of women.