Women Power and Powerlessness through Changing Scenes in Nigeria

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International Journal of African Culture and Ideas


Although a lot of studies have been carried out on the activities of women in the Nigeria political sphere, there is the need to even do more as new data continue to emerge to supplement the existing ones. Applying the primary and secondary source materials, this article examined the levels of women involvement in the Nigeria government and politics since pre 1900 and found that the extent of their involvement, particularly, between 1960 and 1999, was very disheartening and unfruitful low. This paper also brings to the fore the forces of insincerity on the part of the men, who remain the major stakeholders, and how these forces could be effectively tackled to ensure an increased level of politico-governmental empowerment of women in Nigeria. Significantly, it also underpinned that the several attempts by some stakeholders in the political terrain to assign political administrative responsibilities to women with a view to bringing them into the mainstream of political activities was largely unsuccessful. Although, admittedly, women like Sarah Jubril, Okonjo lweala, Dora Akunyili, Obi Ezekwesili and so on, have made their marks, within their limited power and influence, by breaking into the center of governmental affairs,their efforts have only warranted scant attention as they have not made much resounding impact in their respective spheres. The paper concluded that the insincerity of the main stakeholders, who had generally treated women with disdain in their empowerment programmes within the politico-economic environment, was responsible for ebb and flow that characterized the Nigerian woman's involvement in politico-governmental affairs.




Enviroment, Government, Nigeria, Politics, Women