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Title:From Petty Traders to International Merchants: A Historical Account of Three Igbo Women of Nigeria in Trade and Commerce, 1886 to 1970
Author:Chuku, Gloria I.
Year:1999
Periodical:African Economic History
Issue:27
Pages:1-22
Language:English
Geographic term:Nigeria
Subjects:Igbo
market women
women
Economics and Trade
History and Exploration
Women's Issues
Peoples of Africa (Ethnic Groups)
Historical/Biographical
economics
Labor and Employment
Cultural Roles
Link:https://www.jstor.org/stable/3601655
Abstract:This article examines the activities of three Igbo women who achieved outstanding success in trade and commerce in the period 1886-1970. These women are Lady Mary Nzimiro (b. 1898), Lady Martha Onyenma Nwapa (b. 1910), and Mrs. Rosemary Inyama (b. 1913). The year 1886 was chosen as a starting point because it was the year the Niger Company was granted a royal charter. This was followed by an intensification of efforts by European traders and firms to penetrate the Igbo hinterland, which had far-reaching consequences for the Igbo economy and the role of women in trade. The year 1970 marked the end of the civil war in Nigeria, a war which greatly affected the Igbo economy, as well as the activities of the three women discussed here. The profiles are preceded by a survey of the Igbo political economy in the period 1886-1970. Notes, ref.
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