Violence, Thuggery and Intimidation: The Masculinization of Nigerian Politics
The most cited reason provided by my interviewees for their lack of participation in politics or lack of interest in political participation is violence. Violence pervades Nigerian politics. Many research participants, as well as other observer and scholars of Nigerian politics, have disconcertingly highlighted the "do-or-die" nature of Nigerian politics.
This article is based on my PhD dissertation research fieldwork supported by a grant in aid from the International Development Research Center in Ottawa. I use data from the semi-structured interviews I conducted with 48 women in Ibadan and 10 key informant interviews with senior officials in the local and state government as well as discourse analyses of Nigerian newspaper articles (print and web) on women and politics to support the arguments and analysis made in this article.
Author: Aisha Kankiya*
Every time I go to Nigeria I get this amazing feeling, something that gives me a sense of belonging. The only downfall is that I always have to adapt my personality to the different environment that surrounds me. This is especially true when I am around women. In my opinion, in Nigeria, women can be categorised into three different social groups: liberal feminists, the elites, and the impoverished village women. My experience between the three groups has helped me to learn about their interaction and communication with each other, or in this case, the lack thereof. This lack of communication and interaction takes its toll on the impoverished women.
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