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Published: 13 May 2023

By Andy Ross

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The East African women who took on colonialism

As the independence movements took hold across Africa in the middle of the 20th Century, people in East Africa began to reassess the literature their children were reading. 

This fascinating article from The Conversation relates how East African women began to write books and stories from a local perspective. Women were disadvantaged in the male-dominated literary world but they found a way to reach an important audience: writing for children. In these stories and books, which imparted cultural mores and communicated heritage, women fought back against colonial legacies, represented minorities and challenged inequality and oppression.

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