In pre colonial Nigeria times, status was a major role in everyday life. It pretty much defined who you were and what you helped with in the community. Women we're looked as caterers to men and their needs; always doing as their told by whichever man, father or husband, was in control of their actions. They were in charge of "food processing", making pottery, the cleaning of the household, as well as cooking.
(Source: Puis Otomi Ekpei)
But, what some may not know, is that the status of a women could differ based on their age, group they're in, and the role within an economic structure. Different groups had different expectations for the how they wanted women's life to be led. Overall, each woman had to learn from her elders her duties as a woman in whatever group she belonged to. Learning gained the girls more respect and approval from older people.
Religion also played a role into the status and position of a woman. In many religions women were looked as a symbol of importance, by emphasizing the female gods of fertility as well as peace. In society groups that didn't confine women to household work, they would hold important positions in trade, manufacturing and agriculture.
In post colonial Nigeria, status changed for everyone. Nigeria was taken over by the British, so Nigerians were put to work for their colony. According to London Times in 1911 they were put to work to ," to grow cotton and fashion it into clothing ... work in silver and brass , dye in indigo and the coloring juice of other juices." So once they became a British colony, the status they once held no longer mattered. Everyone was held to the same standards and expectations.
Women in post colonial Nigeria are still oppressed and still have the role of "house duty" but as they have more rights as to education and working they still have to do their "domestic" chores. Post colonialism destroyed traditional ways. Women are fighting for social inequality.
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Contributors: Zackary forsythe, Monica Fregoso, Blanca Pena