IGBO TRIBE GENDER ROLES bY KELLY MEDINA, ESMERALDA DELGADO, NIDIAN NAVARRETE, LETICIA GONZALEZ

NIGERIA BEFORE COLONIZATION

Nigeria, a country in West Africa is one of the most populated countries in Africa. As its population reaches over 250 ethnics groups. One of its main characteristics compose of biological and anatomical traits which distinguish male and females apart. Unlike other places gender refers to social and cultural differences. With these differences masculinity and femininity is practiced.

MEN GENDER ROLES BEFORE COLONIAZTION

In the Igbo tribe culture, men are the dominate ones. Men are more aggressive and have the power to rule over everyone and anyone, especially women.
  • Owned superiorness to women, controlled wives/children
  • Controls where they go and what they do
  • Owned crops, properties and important titles
  • Men went through wrestling matches to show their manliness

QUOTES FROM THINGS FALL APART

"Yam, the king of crops, was a man's crop." (Achebe 23)
"Can I bring your chair for you? No, that is a boy's job." (Achebe 17)

WOMEN GENDER ROLES BEFORE COLONIZATION

As it is known women had less power than the men had. They had more duties and chores to do but in the end they aren't given any credit as they never did anything.
  • Cook and maintain cleanliness
  • Bear and raise children
  • Take husbands name
  • Farm items such as beans, melons, maize
  • Enjoys the wealth of the husband (oriakly)
  • Be a bride
  • Submissive wife
Women get associated with what witchcraft which symbolizes the potential social danger of women exercising power uncontrolled by men.

CURRENT CULTURE

  • Men and women get the same type of education
  • Gender doesn't matter today and anyone can go to school for what they want
  • Women have the choice and sometimes man will be the ones to raise the children

CONTRIBUTORS

  • Esmeralda Delgado
  • Kelly Medina
  • Nidian Navarrte
  • Leticia Gonzalez

WORK CTIED PAGE

  • Achebe, Chinua. Things Fall Apart. New York: Anchor Books, 1994
  • Azuonye, Chukwuma. "Igbo Stories and Storytelling." Traditional Storytelling An International Sourcebook. By Margatert Read MacDonald et al. Chicago: Fitzoy Dearborn, 1999. 33-40. Print
  • Chibuko, Patrick Chukwude, Igbo Christian Rite of Marriage. Frankfurt Germany: Peer Lang, 1999

PHOTO CREDITS

  • http://www.igboguide.org/
  • https://www.igboguide.org/HT-chapter6.htm

Credits:

Created with images by Mariamichelle - "hut dwelling africa"

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