A new feminist voice in Gambian literature
By Hassoum Ceesay
Mar 23, 2005, 07:33
The Repeal, an anthology of poems by Juka Fatou Jabang, Matilda Johnson and Ann Therese Ndong-Jatta, released last month by Fulladu Publishing, is the major feminist literary work to come out of The Gambia since the publication in 1960 of Lady Augustus Jawara’s play, Rebellion. The poems are truly feminist because their themes are women related, and are also written from a women’s perspective.
Feminism is politics which aims at rectifying current chains of relationships between the sexes, which is why many African women fear the label, ‘feminist’. A Nigerian feminist critic, Ify G Achufusi wrote:
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Mrs Matilda Alica Cynthia JOHNSON was born in 1958 in Banjul. She completed a BA honours in Librarianship and Information Studies in June 1988 at the City of Birmingham Polytechnic, which is presently the University of Central England. She is a chartered member of the Library Association LA (UK). Until recently, she was the Senior Librarian at the Management Development Institute (MDI). She has published many literary works in different journals. But her manuscripts on poetry are still unpublished.