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Title:Music, women and social mobilization in Nigeria
Author:Okafor, Richard C.
Year:1989
Periodical:Nigeria Magazine
Volume:57
Issue:1-2
Period:January-June
Pages:18-26
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:traditional society
women
traditional music
arts
Cultural Roles
Abstract:This paper examines the role of women in Nigerian traditional societies and comes to the conclusion that women have not been as passive as many authors make out. Women have moved and led various nationalities in Nigeria towards common objectives. The paper describes how women have used music as a vehicle for spreading messages and for moving people towards a certain goal or direction or action. Women have played an important role in life-rites chants. Through songs performed during communal activities, through their participation in musical performances, and through patriotic songs, they have contributed to the development of society and to the momentum of Mamser (Mass Mobilization for Economic Recovery, Self-Reliance and Social Justice) and 'Better Life for Rural Women' projects. Bibliogr.
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