Journal of
Languages and Culture

  • Abbreviation: J. Lang. Cult.
  • Language: English
  • ISSN: 2141-6540
  • DOI: 10.5897/JLC
  • Start Year: 2010
  • Published Articles: 131

Full Length Research Paper

Complex gendered identity in Africa: Postmodern perspectives from Igbo and Yoruba Languages and Cultures

Opeyemi T. Agoyi
  • Opeyemi T. Agoyi
  • Department of Linguistics and Languages, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko Ondo State, Nigeria.
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Ucheoma C. Osuji
  • Ucheoma C. Osuji
  • Department of Philosophy, Adekunle Ajasin University, Akungba-Akoko Ondo State, Nigeria.
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  •  Received: 09 February 2021
  •  Accepted: 06 December 2021
  •  Published: 31 January 2022


This is an attempt to address the complexities and paradoxes surrounding other forms of gender identity beyond the physical. These other forms of identities are considered metaphysical and practised within belief systems, cultures and traditions.  A postmodern approach lazed on the theoretical framework of inter-subjectivity is used to examine these women’s metaphysical identities from Igbo and Yoruba perspectives especially how it has been patterned along gender social relations within these socio-cultural worlds. The argument is how can a non-physical forms of identity raise complex gendered stereotypes and deep rooted stigmatizations which affects the women’s social relationships and identity. What is objectionable about paradoxical stereotype is not that they are never true, but rather they are not always true since there is no scientific or universal methodology to either affirm or falsify them. Women metaphysical identities are trapped in cultural religion. Thus, the authors’ discussion will focus on the deconstruction of these belief systems since it is germane to appropriate the metaphysical belief as well as develop an epistemic territory and re-orientate the historical, existential and phenomenological meaning of women identities. This will help in managing gendered social relations; correct the distorted understanding of women’s identity and enhance proper understanding of being woman and human in our cultural worlds.


Key words: Women, Igbo, Yoruba, metaphysics, spiritual identity, culture postmodernism.