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THE BROKEN BOND

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The Broken Bond 

 Belinda is thrown into a serious dilemma when her beloved mother dies in a ghastly and fatal motor accident. She has no choice but to take on the role of “breadwinner” for her family, as her father is always too drunk and confused to keep a job.

The events in Belinda's life force her to choose between her own education and that of her younger brother, Johnbull's. She sacrifices hers for her brother's, as she must trade and find the money, not only to keep her family alive and pay her brother's school fees, but also to pay rent to a greedy and lecherous old Chief Ojo, their landlord. The Chief has eyes, not only for her money, but also for much more!

How will Belinda balance the strict principles her late mother imbibed in her and her family's dire need for survival?

“This story is heart-rending and so true in many a Nigerian girl's life! Superbly told, racy and enchanting” – The Guardian, Nigeria, 2001.

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The Broken Bond by Gracy Ukala

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Copyright © IAARR 2011: www.afrrevjo.com
 Indexed African Journals Online: www.ajol.info
 An International Multi-Disciplinary Journal, EthiopiaVol. 5 (2), Serial No. 19, April, 2011
ISSN 1994-9057 (Print) ISSN 2070-0083 (Online)
Devaluation of the Feminine Worth through Poverty:Examples from Grace Ukala’s the
 Broken Bond and
ElechiAmadi’s
 Estrangement
(Pp. 140-153)
  Department of English/Literary Studies, University ofCalabar, Calabar
 E-mail: jonduke2007@yahoo.com Phone: + 2348037063754
 
Abstract
Poverty is fast becoming a global phenomenon that has taken a new dimension throughout the world and in Africa in particular. The western world as well as their media portray Africa and Africans in terms of backwardness and often showcase the poverty level of her populace. This is because during family skirmishes, communal clashes, as well as inter/intra-tribal wars, women and children bear the brunt of these unfortunate situation as they are forced to vacate their homes, abandon their meager resources and food in search of same in order to keep body and soul together. During this process, they are violated, abused physically and sexually, while some are inevitably forced into juvenile marriage as well as prostitution as means of survival. This paper seeks to elucidate the causes of poverty among women and also profer solutions to the problems that poverty can generate. The paper also rejects the feminization of poverty, if women are given equal opportunities in life to proof their mettle.
Devaluation of the Feminine Worth through Poverty: Example from Grace Ukala’s The Broken Bond.
Grace Ukala’s The Broken Bond  examines the dialectic of the proleteranian fiction. Titi Adepitan (2006), avers that The Broken Bond  dives into the steamy life of the Nigerian nouveaux – riches with the crusading sense of indignation that many Nigerians readily recognize. Belinda is the heroine of The Broken Bond. Her late mother, recognizing the importance of education insists that she gets some formal education up to university level. Belinda’s hope is truncated when her mother dies. In this respect, Belinda’s mother subscribes to Nkechi Okoli’s (2008: 61) claim that “with sound functional education, women would gain economic power in terms of good job and income which in turn determines their social and political power”.Bello, Belinda’s father, is laid off from work. He squanders his meagre resources on alcohol. He has no financial resources to fall back on. He cannot feed, clothe or pay his rent. His children are deprived and vulnerable. Hitherto, Teresa, his late wife had been the breadwinner. This validates Devaluation of the Feminine Worth through Poverty…
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