Gloria Ajami Makokha
Throughout the 20th century and, after some inertia, again in recent years, there has been a rising concern about women, and their liberation all over the world. A few women have risen to political leadership, amidst the challenges in patriarchal Africa. This paper entails an examination of Marjorie Macgoye’s portrayal of the Kenyan woman in Coming to Birth, set in colonial and postcolonial Kenya. Through Paulina, the main character’s life, Macgoye tells the story of a woman who gradually matures into a wise decision maker and leader in the society, alongside the history of Kenya from when she fights for her independence from the white man until she acquires it, and rules herself despite serious woes and challenges amongst her local leaders.
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