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Elleke Boehmer

young Biafra, of brave, loyal soldiers and dutiful girls united in a hopeless and yet ennobling national struggle. Moreover, through her heroic act Gladys reasserts the integrity she appeared to have lost, but does so by becoming once again unambiguously feminine. Her death fixes her in the time-honoured attitude for women of self-sacrifice. Indeed, across the course of the short story Gladys carries both the positive and the negative connotations of women’s action in service of the postcolonial nation-in-formation – of national conflict as glorious, for a brief time

in Stories of women