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Sovereign Body

by Tanure Ojaide

Sovereign Body relates an educated African woman’s effort to break free from patriarchal oppression and prejudices. Anna, bright poet and academic, faces crushing marriage problems when her doctor husband abandons his practice and waits for a political appointment which does not come. As Anna finds home more oppressive, she turns to a professor, a former lover with whom she had severed a relationship upon her marriage. The doctor’s mental breakdown and Anna’s duty to him make her future uncertain. Set in Nigeria of the military regime era, Anna’s struggle against patriarchy parallels and highlights the people’s contention against military dictatorship for freedom.

ISBN 9780967951164 | 208 pages | 229 x 152 | 2016 | Cissus World Press, USA | Paperback



“I find Sovereign Body strong, passionate, humanly insightful, and of course poetic. To me, Annie and Jo seem the most compelling characters, and the plot is at its most coercive in putting the case for the new woman, despite the turmoil that newness brings to a society. I felt I learned all the time about the micro-texture of Nigerian culture.”

Frederick Will, writer and scholar, Mount Vernon, Iowa



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