Juju Fission

Women’s Alternative Fictions from the Sahara, the Kalahari, and the Oases In-Between

by Chikwenye Okonjo Ogunyemi (Author)
©2007 Monographs XII, 320 Pages
Series: Society and Politics in Africa, Volume 18


Women, especially leaders, holding tête-à-têtes with men to address political impasses have been recognized as shrewd, double headed, or witchlike distinctions that link them with juju or extraordinary, survivalist powers. Juju Fission: Women’s Alternative Fictions from the Sahara, the Kalahari, and the Oases In-Between is a theoretical and analytical book on African women writers that focuses on seven representative novels from different parts of Africa: Bessie Head’s Maru (South Africa/Botswana); Nawal El Saadawi’s Woman at Point Zero (Egypt); Ama Ata Aidoo’s Our Sister Killjoy; or Reflections from a Black-Eyed Squint and Changes (Ghana); Assia Djebar’s A Sister to Scheherazade (Algeria); Calixthe Beyala’s The Sun Hath Looked Upon Me (Cameroon); and Yvonne Vera’s Nehanda (Zimbabwe). In her analysis, Chikwenye Okonjo Ogunyemi demonstrates how women are viewed and how they operate in critical times. Ogunyemi explains how the heritage is passed on, in spite of dire situations emanating from colonialism, postcolonialism, ethnicism, sexism, and grinding poverty. An important contribution to many fields, Juju Fission is excellent background material for courses on African studies, women’s studies, African Diaspora studies, black studies, global studies, and general literature studies.


XII, 320
ISBN (Softcover)
African Novel Women's Studies Juju Fiction Afrika Geschichte 1971-1993 Literary Criticism African Women's Novels African Women Novelists African Women Englisch Frauenliteratur
New York, Bern, Berlin, Bruxelles, Frankfurt am Main, Oxford, Wien, 2007. XII, 320 pp.

Biographical notes

Chikwenye Okonjo Ogunyemi (Author)

The Author: Chikwenye Okonjo Ogunyemi is Professor of Literature and Founding Chair of Global Studies at Sarah Lawrence College, Bronxville, New York. The author of Africa Wo/Man Palava: The Nigerian Novel by Women (1996) as well as a study of Richard Wright’s Black Boy, Ogunyemi has numerous publications, some of which focus on theoretical issues around womanism.


Title: Juju Fission