Lagos Girl Power: Performing Postfeminism in Nigeria
This paper draws from a research project on class-privileged young women in Lagos who dress in a ‘spectacularly feminine style’ characterised by the extravagant use of normatively feminine elements including cascading hair extensions, long and brightly painted acrylic nails, heavy and immaculate make-up, and false eyelashes. It shows how the women see themselves as performing a new, ‘empowered’ femininity, and makes a case for the analytical and political value of understanding their practices of self in terms of ‘postfeminism.’

Bio: Simidele Dosekun is a lecturer in Media and Cultural Studies at the University of Sussex. She is currently working on a book manuscript on new styles of feminine dress and subjectivity among class-privileged young women in Lagos, Nigeria.

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Date: 23 February 2017, 17:00 (Thursday, 6th week, Hilary 2017)
Venue: St Antony's College, 62 Woodstock Road OX2 6JF
Venue Details: Pavilion Room, Gateway Building
Speaker: Dr Simidele Dosekun (University of Sussex)
Organising department: Centre for African Studies
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Part of: African Studies Seminar Series
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Cost: Free
Audience: Public
Editor: Millie Oates