Ibadan Journal of the Social Sciences
Volume 7, No. 2, 2009
Pages 111-125

DOI: 10.36108/ijss/9002.70.0230

Women, Gender Question and Political Leadership in Nigeria:1999-2007

Olajide O. Akanji

Department of Political Science, University of Ibadan, Nigeria



This article examines the nature of political power relations between men and women in Nigeria between 1999 and 2007. It argues that the character of the Nigerian state; electoral violence, extensive monetization of the electoral process, politicization of political appointments and portfolios, ‘use and dump policy’ of government, and militalization of the political process reinforced the gender question and undermined women’s contributions to national development. It concludes that Nigeria’s signatory to gender-related international instruments imposes a legal obligation on the country to protect women’s rights, including the right to adequate representation in government.

Keywords: top management changes, firm performance, announcement effects


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