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The Odyssey of the Nigerian Woman

This book explores the roles that Nigerian women have played since pre-colonial times in shaping the culture, customs and values of the different societies that now constitute parts of the modern Nigerian state. The contributions gathered here provide engaging explanations of different aspects of Nigerian life, highlighting the effects of patriarchy, colonialism, industry, and international policies on women in Africa’s most populous country. This book represents a major contribution to African women’s history and gender studies globally, and will appeal to students and scholars of women’s history and gender interested in understanding life and its challenges in the Global South.


Oluwakemi Abiodun Adesina is an Associate Professor in the Department of History and International Studies at Redeemer’s University, Nigeria. She is the author of “Women and Colonialism Across Africa” in The Palgrave Handbook of African Women's Studies (2021). Her research interests include social and economic history, youth studies, gender, and women’s history.

Aisha Balarabe Bawa is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of History at Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Nigeria. Her fields of specialisation include gender studies, migration, African politics, and religion. She is the author of Women in the Corridors of Power: Nigerian First Ladies in Governance (2019) and the co-author of Women and History in Northern Nigeria (2020).

Mutiat Titilope Oladejo is a Lecturer in the Department of History of the University of Ibadan, Nigeria. She is a Fellow of the American Council of Learned Societies, and the author of A History of Textiles and Fashion in the Twentieth-Century Yoruba World (2022).

"This book has an ambitious agenda—excavating Nigerian women’s history in a comprehensive, inclusive, coherent, and cohesive manner, in 39 essays, organized into 10 themes. What constitutes “Herstory”? How should it be constituted and presented? What should be included? What can be excluded? These are some of the responsibilities undertaken by the editors. In addition, Nigeria is a country that could confidently be categorized as exhibiting superdiversity — many of its ethnic groups are large and complex enough to be considered nationalities. Are they all gendered the same way? The reader must read this book to find out. The editors are to be commended for assuming this responsibility. The authors deserve recognition for their clarity and incisiveness. The ground covered is massive and significant, but there’s still more to be done. Nonetheless, the book is an important building block to constructing Nigerian women’s “Herstory” that will also produce more worthwhile Nigerian history. Of course, more must be done to fully excavate Nigerian women’s “Herstory”. However, for its ambitious agenda, the depth of intellectual engagement, the breadth of subjects included, its interdisciplinarity, and the geographic scope, as well as historical timespan, and ultimately, for its contribution to knowledge, this book is well worth reading."

Mojúbàolú Olúfúnké Okome Professor of Political Science and African and Women's Studies, and Leonard & Claire Tow Professor 2015/2016, Brooklyn College, USA

"This book is a magnificent body of scholarship – a genre-bending book that casts a new mold for studying, writing, and thinking about women’s history from pre-colonial to present-day Nigeria. This collection of essays by multigenerational scholars will be an invaluable reference for women’s history in Nigeria and beyond. It is the most comprehensive book to date on the subject and a special gift to African historiography."

Akin Ogundiran Chancellor’s Professor, University of North Carolina, USA.

Oluwakemi Adelaja

Oluwakemi Abiodun Adesina

Felix Oludare Ajiola

Olusola Akinbobola

Lawrence Alo

Morenikeji Asaaju

Funmilayo Awoyera

Omotoyosi Babalola

Aisha Balarabe Bawa

Tunde Decker

Akpobome Diffre-Odiete

Bernard B. Fyanka

Ataisi Gladday

Asabe Usman Kabir

Oliseh Kadishi

Sarah Laniyan

Folake Lanre-Babalola

Oyindamola Majekodunmi

Uzoamaka Nwachukwu

Robert Odey

Henry Ogunjewo

Titilope Olalere

Onyendidi Olibamoyo

Raheem Oluwafunminiyi

Julius Akinyele Oluyitan

Aisha Ni'ima Shehu

Ola Nnennaya Uchendu

Aisha M. Umar

Sankira Umar

Julius Unumen

Eunice Uwadinma-Idemudia

Muhammad Wada

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ISBN: 1-5275-5461-9

ISBN13: 978-1-5275-5461-0

Release Date: 8th December 2023

Pages: 568

Price: £89.99

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