Writing Nigerian Women in the Economy, Education, and Literature

  • Toyin FalolaEmail author
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This study aims at evaluating the various researches and scholarly opinions on the existence and status of the Nigerian woman, past and present. The study will also explore the women’s past and present economic ventures that accelerated and sustained their community’s economy, and by extension the nation’s. It will identify the position of women in education and academia, to understand the current progress or setbacks the Nigerian woman is experiencing in education and its management. Furthermore, it will explore the representation of the Nigerian woman in oral and written literary texts from Nigeria. This will enable the study to understand the perception of Nigerian woman by society, while also identifying the gaps in Nigerian women studies and recommending areas for more extensive and exhaustive research.

The work further argues that a greater number of the scholars appraised believe that women enjoyed more autonomy and authority during precolonial times, and that surprisingly, colonialism diversified and expanded women’s economic ventures in Nigeria culminating in the start of women’s financial independence in some regions. Further studies also reveal that Nigerian women engaged in physical protests and movements like the Women’s War of 1929 and the Egba tax revolt, both responses to political and economic policies that were not in the women’s best interests. Also, in literature, scholarly opinions and literary analysis show a consistent negative portrayal of women as well as a growing collection of correctional literatures by many writers.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of HistoryUniversity of Texas at AustinAustinUSA

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  • Olajumoke Yacob-Haliso
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  1. 1.Department of Political Science and Public AdministrationBabcock UniversityIlishan RemoNigeria

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