Historiography of African Market Women

  • Mutiat Titilope Oladejo


Studies of African market women centre on their roles and challenges in the twentieth century, especially the question of what constitutes women’s power. Being a historical researcher entails gathering information, interpreting and writing history; being a female historian assisted Oladejo because of her fieldwork and interactions with older market women. While historians are expected to write and analyse the past, they are not necessarily expected to make recommendations for the future. Oladejo’s chapter explores her career from being the only female student in African history at the University of Ibadan in Nigeria, to her growing interest in women’s studies beyond the confines of historical research that led her to undertake a Professional Masters of Business Administration. Expanding her understanding of women’s development, Oladejo argues that writing for women’s empowerment has expanded her research on the historiography of women.


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  • Mutiat Titilope Oladejo
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  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of IbadanIbadanNigeria

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