Shul-Nomyohanna Bako, Diana Kwa'Ala Dzarma, Barsisa Majam


The patriarchal nature of many societies in Nigeria has tamed the aspiration or to a very large extent, clipped the wings of most women in their quest to rise to greatness. Nigeria’s participation in the 1995 fourth World Conference on Women in Beijing led to a stronger and louder advocacy for women emancipation. This paper looks into culture and its components, status of women in Nigeria’s cultural and political setting, historical overview of women emancipation, statistics of women traditional rulers in the pre-colonial era, women emancipation/activist groups in Nigeria, notable women groups in the pre-independence and post-independence eras, factors affecting women emancipation drive in Nigeria and deconstructing the downward trajectories and prejudices against women in Nigeria. Secondary and tertiary sources were used as reference materials in the course of writing the paper.


Women emancipation, Culture, Patriarchy, Politics, Discrimination.

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