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Title:Female Leadership and Nation-Building: An African Religion Viewpoint
Author:Onibere, S.G. Azowou
Year:1989
Periodical:Africana Marburgensia
Volume:22
Issue:1
Pages:15-31
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:African religions
legitimacy
nation
women
Women's Issues
Religion and Witchcraft
nationalism
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Cultural Roles
Sex Roles
Abstract:This paper examines female leadership and its contribution to nationbuilding within the context of African religion, particularly in Nigeria. While all women are engaged in nationbuilding at the level of the family, some women transcend this role to exercise direct leadership. In the field of religion, women function as diviners, mediums, priestesses, and medicine women. They can also play leadership roles in the political sphere. On the whole, the traditional African milieu is virtually non-sexual and it is therefore easy for women to exercise religious and political leadership. From this vantage position they can contribute to the nationbuilding process through the education of children, by influencing government decisions, and by maintaining the ontological balance within a community. Note, ref.
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