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Title:Gender, justice, and the environment: connecting the dots
Author:Byfield, Judith A.ISNI
Periodical:African Studies Review (ISSN 1555-2462)
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:political action
climate change
About person:Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti (1900-1978)ISNI
External link:https://doi.org/10.1353/arw.2012.0017
Abstract:In this paper I attempt to connect several dots, specifically my research on African women's activism, environmental justice, and climate change. The book on which I am currently working is tentatively entided ''The Great Upheaval': Women, Taxes and Nationalist Politics in Abeokuta (Nigeria), 1945-1951'. The study examines the struggles of Nigerian women to shape the nationalist agenda and their setbacks as the country moved decisively toward independence. At its core lies an analysis of a tax revolt launched by women in Abeokuta in 1947. The Abeokuta Women's Union (AWU), under the leadership of Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti (the mother of the late musician Fela Kuti), began a protracted protest against a tax increase. This revolt is well known in Nigerian popular history, and many people outside of Nigeria were introduced to it in Wole Soyinka's memoir, Ake: The Years of Childhood (1981:164-218). Bibliogr., notes, ref., sum. [Journal abstract]