AFIKPO WOMEN AND THE NIGERIAN CIVIL WAR, 1967 – 1970

AUTHOR: ENWO-IREM, IMMACULATA NNENNA

DEPARTMENT: HISTORY AND INTERNATIONAL STUDIES

AFFILIATION: NNAMDI AZIKIWE UNIVERSITY, AWKA

It is incontestably understandable that the Nigerian-Biafran civil war of 1967 brought with it phenomenal and untold hardships to the people in the Eastern parts of the country. Devastating experiences ranging from socio-economic and psychological dislocations; colossal loss of lives and property; massive destruction and collapse of infrastructural base; to physically minded assaults and molestations of women characterized the living, and war, conditions of the Igbo people in the Eastern parts of Nigeria. Apart from the tragedy of “unprepared combatant soldiers” of Biafra, the women and children remained the worst hit. Considering the war experience of Igbo women in the Eastern parts of the country, the study highlights the impacts of the civil war on Afikpo women. The study through social
deprivation, theoretical framework explains the ordeals encountered by Afikpo women during, and after, the civil war, and contends that Afikpo women were assaulted, dehumanized, and unfairly treated. Hence the ‘no regard mentality’ for women orchestrated by the Nigerian-Brafran civil war and its aftermath is traceable to this antecedent, and laid the precedent for relegation of women in Afikpo. The study, however, suggests concessions on the part of men to women, and providing equitable platforms for women to express their role before their male counterparts.

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