Ajara Jagne

Date of Award


First Advisor

Aimee Michel

Second Advisor

Jennifer Browdy


In this thesis I study the writings of three African women: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie from Nigeria, Wangari Maathai from Kenya and Ellen Johnson Sirleaf from Liberia. In particular, I explore the stories they tell and analyze aspects of gender, race, education, acculturation and identity. I draw on these writers’ stories as inspiration for my own creative writing. A substantial portion of the thesis takes the form of a personal essay, a letter I have written to a mentor and a friend, and a one-act play that I wrote, produced and directed.


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