The Female King of Colonial Nigeria: Ahebi Ugbabe

The Female King of Colonial Nigeria: Ahebi Ugbabe

by Nwando Achebe
     
 

ISBN-10: 0253222486

ISBN-13: 9780253222480

Pub. Date: 02/21/2011

Publisher: Indiana University Press

Nwando Achebe presents the fascinating history of an Igbo woman, Ahebi Ugbabe, who became king in colonial Nigeria. Ugbabe was exiled from Igboland, became a prostitute, traveled widely, and learned to speak many languages. She became a close companion of Nigerian Igala kings and the British officers who supported her claim to the office of headman, warrant chief,

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Nwando Achebe presents the fascinating history of an Igbo woman, Ahebi Ugbabe, who became king in colonial Nigeria. Ugbabe was exiled from Igboland, became a prostitute, traveled widely, and learned to speak many languages. She became a close companion of Nigerian Igala kings and the British officers who supported her claim to the office of headman, warrant chief, and later, king. In this unique biography, Achebe traces the roots of Ugbabe's rise to fame and fortune. While providing critical perspectives on women, gender, sex and sexuality, and the colonial encounter, she also considers how it was possible for this woman to take on the office and responsibilities of a traditionally male role.

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Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780253222480
Publisher:
Indiana University Press
Publication date:
02/21/2011
Pages:
322
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.00(h) x 0.80(d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments Ekene ix

The Preparation: All Trees Grow in the Forest, but the Ora Singled Itself Out Nkwado 1

The Introduction: Unspoken, Blame the Mouth; Unheard, Blame the Ear Nkowa 19

1 The Time of Childhood, ca. 1880-1895 Oge Nwatakili 37

2 Exile in Igalaland, ca. 1895-1916 Mgbapu Ahebi 62

3 Performing Masculinities: Homecoming-and She Becomes a Man, ca. 1916-1930 97

4 Inside King Ahebi's Palace, ca. 1916-1948 136

5 Mastering Masculinities: Ekpe Ahebi Masquerade-the Final Insult, ca. 1931-1948 172

The Conclusion: Ahebi Today-the Works That We Do Are the Things by Which We Are Remembered Mmechi 199

Appendix: Select Criminal and Civil Cases in Nsukka Division, in which Ahebi Participated 1918-1930 209

Glossary of Chronological Terms 219

Glossary of Igbo and Igala Words 221

Notes 225

Bibliography 277

Index 297

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