Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti’s Feminism and Women’s Political Participation in Nigeria

Gregory Ebalu Ogbenika and Mordecai Aleoghena
Keywords: Gender, Politics, Justice, Feminism, Marginalization
Tropical Journal of Arts and Humanities 2019 1(2), 26-35. Published: February 1, 2020


Abstract

Nigerian women have encountered a number of problems while venturing into politics because there is a large scale discrimination from the male folk both in voting for candidates and allocating political offices. Fuunmilayo Ransome- Kuti noted that women‟s inequality in Nigeria is deeply rooted in colonial leadership. Before colonialism, there was division of labour between men and women, women owned property and exercised considerable political and social influence on society. This paper analyses the contents of Funmilayo Ransome-Kuti‟s feminism, her contributions in solving this problem, as well as an analysis of Nigerian women‟s participation in politics, with special focus from the 1999 general elections till date. This work also defends the theory of equal opportunity which recognizes the fact that men and women are different, and not equal, but seek for equal opportunity in political participation for both sexes knowing fully well that anyone whether male or female, insofar he or she has the qualifications should not be marginalized.