1.What are your thoughtful reactions to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s story ‘Birdsong”, Follow her use of language to indicate character predicament, her use of symbolism, and the story’s comment on gender relations in modern Lagos, Nigeria. Do you see any similarities between the character’s predicament and the situation of women in the modern USA? Any differences?
2. “The sex life of African Girls’ by Selasi unlike “Birdsong which uses the first person “I” is told in second person. Why do you think Selasi used the second person to tell the story of a young girl’s dawning realization of the disturbing undercurrents around her? what do you think this story has to say about gender roles in middle class Accra? What do you make of the last line of the story