Cultural Practices and Women’s Land Rights in Africa: South Africa and Nigeria in Comparison

  • Bolanle Eniola
  • Adeoye O. Akinola
Part of the Advances in African Economic, Social and Political Development book series (AAESPD)


Over the years, Africa has been characterised by poverty, gender inequalities and socio-economic underdevelopment. It was soon discovered that cultural and traditional belief system constitutes one of the drivers of gender inequality, which is reflected in the skewed land arrangement in the continent. This chapter examines women’s land rights (access and control) in Africa, focusing on the Nigeria and South Africa’s experience. It assesses African traditional practices and norms that limit women’s property rights and explores how gender inequalities in terms of land ownership and rights have jeopardized attempts at sustainable development in Africa. It notes that the continental challenges of land utility, food security and enduring development have a direct correlation with the denial of women’s right to land ownership and use. The chapter concludes by reiterating the urgent need to promote gender equality in the resource sector, this is an essential corollary for African survival and sustainable development.


Cultural practises Gender inequalities Land rights Nigeria South Africa 


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Bolanle Eniola
    • 1
  • Adeoye O. Akinola
    • 2
  1. 1.Ekiti State UniversityAdo EkitiNigeria
  2. 2.Department of Public AdministrationUniversity of ZululandKwaDlangezwaSouth Africa

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