Farmers, Traders, Warriors, and Kings: Female Power and Authority in Northern Igboland, 1900-1960

Overview

There is an adage that the Igbo of Nigeria have no kings. Farmers, Traders, Warriors, and Kings focuses on an area in Igboland where, contrary to this popular belief, Igbos not only have kings, but female kings. It is an area where women served as warriors and even married many wives. The author examines the political, economic, and religious structures that allowed women and the female principle to achieve measures of power and looks at some of the ways they reacted and adjusted to the challenges of European ...
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Overview

There is an adage that the Igbo of Nigeria have no kings. Farmers, Traders, Warriors, and Kings focuses on an area in Igboland where, contrary to this popular belief, Igbos not only have kings, but female kings. It is an area where women served as warriors and even married many wives. The author examines the political, economic, and religious structures that allowed women and the female principle to achieve measures of power and looks at some of the ways they reacted and adjusted to the challenges of European rule. Such an investigation into the history of this gender dynamic yields important results for both African History and Women's Studies.
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Editorial Reviews

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"[A]chebe's rich field data personalizes the literature on Igbo women, and will be invaluable as a source for others."

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American Historical Review

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780325070797
  • Publisher: ABC-CLIO, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 7/30/2005
  • Series: Social History of Africa Series
  • Pages: 288
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 0.69 (d)

Meet the Author

Nwando Achebe is Associate Professor of African History at Michigan State University. She served as a Ford Foundation and Fulbright-Hays Scholar-in-Residence at the Hansberry African Studies Institute and history department of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, in 1996 and 1998. Dr. Achebe's research interests involve the use of oral history in the study of women, gender, and power in eastern Nigeria. She has published a number of articles on research methods, Igbo women and gender, as well as indigenous "slave" systems.
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Table of Contents

Nkwado (the preparation) : the main dance is yet to come and the little antelope is dancing herself lame (self-locating and research methods) 1
1 When questions begin to be asked, then tales begin to be told : introduction to study and region, as well as review of literature 23
2 Medicines and goddesses, priestesses and prophetesses : female expressions within the spiritual realm 53
3 Farmers, traders, potters, and weavers : Nsukka women as economic actors 109
4 Women in community politics : colonialism and the strategies of female resistance 161
5 "Ochichi Gi Agafego Oke" (you are governing too much!) - King Ahebi Ugbabe versus the community : a case study of female clout, excess, and conflict in Enugu-Ezike 197
Mmechi (the conclusion) : if you put your ear to the ground, you will hear the drumbeats of ghosts 225
App Select female deities and medicines in Nsukka division 231
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