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  • 1. BBC News, “Davos 2010: South Africa’s Zuma Defends Polygamy.” http://news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/8485730.stm (Accessed June 8, 2011).
  • 2. It would amount to cultural arrogance for outsiders to dismiss the law, even if it was pushed and enacted by the male-dominated parliament. It is, however, a different issue if we consider the law from women’s perspective. How does the law impact the relationship between two persons, man and woman, who consider themselves as equal in rights and dignity? This, in my judgment, is the more urgent question, one that goes to the core of the moral foundations of the gender relations in that society. See Faith Karimi and Lillian Leposo, “New Kenya Law Legalizes Polygamy; Women’s Group Applauds It” (2015). http://www.cnn.com/2014/05/01/world/africa/ kenya-polygamy-law/.
  • 3. Nolwazi Mkhwanazi, “Miniskirts and Kangas: The Use of Culture in Constituting Postcolonial Sexuality.” http://www.darkmatter101.org/ site/2008/05/02/miniskirts-and-kangas-the-use-of-culture-in-constitut ing-postcolonial-sexuality/ (Accessed May 15, 2013). See also “Timeline of the Jacob Zuma Rape Trial.” http://mg.co.za/article/2006-03-21-time line-of-the-jacob-zuma-rape-trial.
  • 4. Chikwenye Okonjo Ogunyemi, “Womanism: The Dynamics of the Contemporary Black Female Novel in English,” in The Womanist Reader, ed. Layli Phillips. New York: Routledge, 2006, 31 (Ogunyemi 2006).
  • 5. Emmanuel Levinas, Totality and Infinity. Trans. Alphonso Lingis. Pittsburgh: Duquesne University Press, 1969, 22 (Levinas 1969).
  • 6. Lola Shoneyin, The Secret Lives of Baba Segi’s Wives. New York: William Morrow. 2010, 1 (Shoneyin 2010).
  • 7. Ibid., 1.
  • 8. Terry Eagleton, After Theory. New York: Basic Books, 2003, 144 (Eagleton 2003).
  • 9. Ibid.
  • 10. Shoneyin, Secret Lives, 135 (Shoneyin 2010).
  • 11. Ibid., 144.
  • 12. Ibid., 91.
  • 13. Ibid., 93.
  • 14. Ibid., 94.
  • 15. Lynn Hunt, Inventing Human Rights: A History. New York: W.W. Norton & Company, 2008, 34 (Hunt 2008).
  • 16. Ibid., 39.
  • 17. United Nations, “The Universal Declaration of Human Rights.” www.un. org/en/documents/udhr/.
  • 18. Martha Nussbaum, Love’s Knowledge: Essays on Philosophy and Literature. New York: Oxford University Press, 1990, 5 (Nussbaum 1990).
  • 19. Wilhelm Gottfried Hegel, Philosophy of Mind: Being Part Three of the Encyclopedia of the Philosophical Sciences (1830). Ed.William Wallace. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1971, 170-175 (Wallace 1971).
  • 20. The Dogon myth of creation reveals as much. See Chapter 4 for my discussion of the Dogon myth of creation.
  • 21. Shoneyin, Secret Lives, 54 (Shoneyin 2010).
  • 22. Ibid., 55.
  • 23. Ibid., 53-54.
  • 24. Ibid., 59.
  • 25. Ibid., 67.
  • 26. Ibid., 278 (Emphasis in original).
  • 27. Ibid., 16-17.
  • 28. Ibid., 19.
  • 29. Petina Gappah, An Elegy for Easterly. London: Faber and Faber, 2009 (Gappah 2009).
  • 30. I am grateful to a reviewer for pointing this out to me.
  • 31. Ibid., 34-37.
  • 32. Ibid., 43.
  • 33. Ibid., 33-34.
  • 34. Nicholas D. More, “Nietzsche’s Last Laugh: Ecce Homo as Satire,” Philosophy and Literature, 35.1 (2011): 2 (More 2011).
  • 35. Gappah, An Elegy, 3 (Gappah 2009).
  • 36. Ibid., 5.
  • 37. Ibid., 6.
  • 38. Ibid., 7.
  • 39. Nnedi Okorafor, Who Fears Death. New York: Daw Books, 2010, 74 (Okorafor 2010).
  • 40. Ibid., 7.
  • 41. Edwin J. Barton and Glenda A. Hudson, Contemporary Guide to Literary Terms: With Strategies for Writing Essays About Literature (2nd edition). Boston: Houghton Mifflin Company, 2004 (Barton and Hudson 2004).
  • 42. J. Weisgerber, “Satire and Irony as Means of Communication,” Comparative Literature Studies, 10.2 (1973): 159 (Weisgerber 1973).
  • 43. Ibid., 160.
  • 44. Gappah, An Elegy, 9 (Gappah 2009).
  • 45. Ibid., 11.
  • 46. Ibid., 11.
  • 47. Shona name for the war of independence.
  • 48. Gappah, An Elegy, 11-12 (Gappah 2009).
  • 49. Ibid., 11-12.
  • 50. Shoneyin, Secret Lives, 229 (Shoneyin 2010).
  • 51. Ake Festival. www.akefestival.org (Accessed November 8, 2013).
  • 52. Christie Watson, “Ake Festival, Nigeria—Where Kids Want to Fly in Colour,” 2013 (Watson 2013). www.bookbrunch.co.uk/article_free.asp? pid=ake_festival_nigeria_where_kids_want_to_fly_in_colour.
  • 53. Yvonne Vera, The Stone Virgins. New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 2004 (Vera 2004).
  • 54. Gappah, An Elegy, 154 (Gappah 2009).
  • 55. Ibid., 154.
  • 56. Ibid., 158.
  • 57. Ibid., 161.
 
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