Yusuf Maryam Magaji F'18

Yusuf Maryam Magaji

Department of English and Literary Studies
Federal University Wukari, Nigeria

African Humanities Program Dissertation Fellowships 2018
Lecturer I
Department of English and Literary Studies
Federal University Wukari, Nigeria
Gender and Oral Performance Aesthetics in Selected Amada Songs in Katsina State of Nigeria

This study examines Gender and Performance Aesthetics in Amada songs from Katsina State, Nigeria. Amada, a form of Hausa art, is performed for women, by women and is motivated by the impulse to change certain cultural and religious restrictions placed on the female gender. The study will study the women’s struggle for self and gender emancipation within a cultural framework which brought about conflicts that created paradoxes in their songs. The performers rejected invisibility and inaudibility and made efforts to reconfigure and extend their spaces beyond limiting cultural ones. Using metonymic constructions of musical instruments, synecdoche, transgressive idioms and body poetics, they opened up discursive spaces where feminine difference was articulated. Womanism, Structuralism and Performance theories will be employed to highlight the functions and aesthetic features of Amada, to examine women’s self expression and the paradox of freedom in seclusion and to discuss the paralinguistic constructs in the performance.