Date of Award


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Department of English

First Advisor

Dr. Olu Osinubi


This study examines the roles of women in Igbo society as depicted in Achebe's fiction. The dissertation explores how Achebe presents women in relation to- men in Igbo society during four historical epochs — precolonial, colonial, postcolonial, and contemporary periods. Achebe begins his portrayal of women's roles in the traditional society and dramatizes the consequences of colonialism on such roles. The study finds that women's roles are a reflection of the times in which they lived, and Achebe's fiction captures the evolution of women's roles with a remarkable degree of historical realism. The conclusion is that Achebe's fiction reflects women's roles truthfully and his prophetic vision that changes are inevitable comes true in a society whose traditional values have been transformed by the intrusion of colonialism.