Michael Ndisika, Monday Abiola


It is feasible to speculate that a widow's desire to be inherited or not is linked not only to their socioeconomic condition, but also to the nature of their perception of widow inheritance in light of their emotional and psychosocial yearnings. Against this backdrop, it is pertinent to examine widows’ perception of widow inheritance. The one-shot cross-sectional research design was used in this study. The participants in this study were widows living in the city of Benin in Edo State, Nigeria, who had gone through widowhood arrangements. The purposive sample design and the snowballing sampling approach were used to collect the qualitative data needed for this investigation. The instrument of data collection was an in-depth interview guide. Virtually all the widows tendered a negative perception of widow inheritance. Their reasons were that the death of a husband severed all marital ties between a widow and her affines;  it should not be encouraged and practiced in the 21st century; it was not a good practice at all especially for a young woman who has fundamental human rights. In conclusion, reasons bordering on modernity and fundamental human rights are the basis on which virtually all widows abhor widow inheritance practices which is no longer a cultural demand but a family demand. It is recommended that husbands and fathers should be sensitized to write ‘will’. Members of the public should be sensitized about the professional services of social workers in Benin City and in Nigeria at large, who may help distressed widows seek redress.


Perception, Widow, Widow Inheritance, Benin City, Culture.

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