WOMEN AND POLITICS IN NIGERIA THE ROLE OF OLUFUNMILAYO RANSOME-KUTI c. 1900

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WOMEN AND POLITICS IN NIGERIA THE ROLE OF OLUFUNMILAYO RANSOME-KUTI c. 1900 – 1978

Abstract:

The utmost purpose of this research is to examine and reconstruct the role of Olufunmilayo Ransome Kuti as a politician and how she has impacted into the development of Nigeria, bringing to light her political activities in the emancipation of Nigeria for independence. Women have been involved in politics in History. They held leadership positions for instance Queen Amina of Zazzau, Queen Kombassa of Bonny Kingdom etc. Some women also held political offices such as the Office of the Iyalode in Yoruba land, Magira in Kanuri land, Sonai in Nupe land. Such offices were created for them to be participants in the political process and to attend to socio-economic needs of their communities. As a matter of fact, they have been a formidable force in contributing to the development of the socio-economic sectors. Thus, women have been part of the development process of their communities whether recognized or not, as many literature tend to concentrate on the achievement of men. The purpose of this research is to examine the cognate role of Olufunmilayo Ransome Kuti and her enormous contributions to the political development of Nigeria. Her struggle with other nationalists for the independence of Nigeria is very crucial to the history of Nigeria. Importantly, her political achievements have broken the barrier set against women in politics. Her belief in a united Nigeria has also motivated her actions for the development of the country

WOMEN AND POLITICS IN NIGERIA THE ROLE OF OLUFUNMILAYO RANSOME-KUTI c. 1900 – 1978


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