Gender connotes the social and historical constructions of masculine and feminine roles, behaviours, attributes and ideologies which refer to the biological male sex or female sex. It is the positioning of men and women in the society, including the oral society, where folktales are told for entertainment, as well as for the instruction of the younger generation. African folktales contain the belief system of the African people, as well as other cultural materials. The menís position in the folktales correlates with their position in folk life. Similarly, the womenís position in the folktales mirrors what obtains in the traditional society. Considering gender from the angle of positive feminists, all women are oppressed. However, they are expected to emancipate themselves from traditional bondage and assert themselves. Some women in African folktales evince qualities of being self-assertive. Others excel in the art of politics of gender power. It is within this compass that this paper explores the exploits of a woman named Osoikholor, in the African folktale entitled Ogunamen, performed by the oral artist, Igberiase Umuobuarie. In the end, Osoikholor stands her ground, wins everybody to her own side and humiliates the pretentious, self-righteous men, thus taking the issue of female assertion to the next level.
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