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Title:Igbo women and political participation in Nigeria, 1800s-2005
Author:Chuku, GloriaISNI
Periodical:International Journal of African Historical Studies
Geographic term:Nigeria
political participation
External link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/40282431
Abstract:This paper examines the participation of women in the affairs of Igbo government, the British colonial system, the Nigerian political system and in the activities of groups and subgroups that exercised authority. The analysis is based on such determinants of authority in the Igbo indigenous political system as individual abilities and experience, age, kinship relations and group solidarity. To understand the dynamism surrounding the participation of Igbo women in politics, Igbo and Nigeria political history is subdivided into four main phases: the precolonial, colonial, decolonization and postindependence periods. The paper argues that while the precolonial era witnessed the involvement of women in important but largely complementary political activities, the colonial period brought about the marginalization or even erosion of female political power and authority in the region. Although the political arenas have become larger and wider since decolonization, Igbo women's participation in politics in the postindependence era could at best be described as active but subdued. Although women were actively involved in the political mobilization and electoral processes of the period, they exercised subdued political power due to the politics of co-optation and tokenism that have continuously characterized Nigerian political history, especially since independence. Notes, ref. [ASC Leiden abstract]