Are Igbo Women the most educated in Nigeria?
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Font size: Published 11/08/2010 01:10:00 NFC
Both the Federal and the State governments have been patronizing Nigerian women much since the attainment of democracy in 1999 by awarding appointments to them, and Igbo women are not left out in this banquet. This is very nice and wonderful. And they are making great inputs and outputs as they relate to leadership and family matters in their different offices and villages.
Somebody was antagonizing me and condemning my direction that Igbo women in government should not murder caution on the altar of stardom, but rather should respect their various families and husbands and the cultures and traditions of Ndiâ™Igbo. My antagonizer said, âœWell, what do we expect to hear from an Igbo man than to condemn his Igbo women for standing out even with or without their husbands awareness? And all that bla bla bla.
The other person said that I was right. That a woman, not only from the Igbo extraction, must respect her husband and the cultures and traditions of her paternal and matrimonial homes even if she is the president of the country. And also, even though she holds all the degrees the world universities can offer. The person also added that, that a woman is a professor or a PhD holder does not make her wise. The woman may be knowledgeable, but failure to apply her knowledge in a practical way makes the woman unwise. Wisdom has been said to be the ability to utilise knowledge and experience in a practical way. So, when a woman does not respect her husband and the family and cultures and traditions she comes from because she is in the government, she has woefully failed, and at the same time portraying her husband's headship as irrelevant to her.
Another person said that I hit the nail on the head. And reiterated that hardly does any perceived educated Igbo woman respects her brothers, boyfriend, husband, cultures and traditions. But it is high time Igbo men shouted down on their women. The person said that all these Nna boy anwugo women which are typical of Igbo women and their craft should be exposed.
Is it known by other Nigerians that Igbo society is a matriarchy? The men may not subscribe to that. But, are they not trying to prove it to the world? If you read the articles written by an Igbo woman, you will think that Igbomen are like the apple skinned people that kill their wives. When an Igbo woman insulted Zik, by calling him Ogbaoso 1, could any Yoruba woman have said such a thing to Awo? Was the woman not Awo's running mate?
But when Danjuma insulted Ironsi, he was challenged by his people that no one talks down on the dead. However, go to Kwenu.com and see what an Igbo woman said about the Owelle of Onitsha, a dead Igbo legend and patriarch. Is it longer a hidden event that in Igbo families women are running the show and if you contest it with your wife you are a dead man? Are Igbo women the most and only educated women in Nigeria? Yoruba women are even educated than, if statistics is taken. From where did this open eye come from among Igbo women?
Is it true that in some political meetings that men from other tribes handle the fleshy bulbs of Igbo women in attendance at any slight chance they get and tell them to report to the press, and also tell them that they are not Igbo men that they "Igbo women" run over and insult? How true is the allegation? I do not know. But, is it not something to think about? Has Nigeria figured that to denigrate Igbo men, by using Igbo women to represent the men? Does it not worth it that Igbo people should be exposing any Igbo woman âœhustlerâ for who she is and forget giving her all these glory and accolades because she is in the government?
Ask other Nigerian women their opinion or perception of Igbo women, you have earful. Is it not surprising that if not for the intervention of families and in some cases the Ohanaeze Ndigbo that most of South-East governors would have been divorcees? Contrast it with governors of other cultures in Nigeria. It is wow!
Does Lagos State not have eight women to one man ratio of lawyers? If NdiIgbo have that ratio, wouldn't the Igbo women have upturned the culture of the race? Did one Igbo elite not say that culture is a word for subjugation of not only the women but that culture should be fought at every corner?
Have Igbo women not refused to enforce Igbo Language wherever they are to their children since they are closer to the children? But rather, they preferred speaking grammar, because they are learned.
Imagine that during a symposium in Imo State by the most revered Igbo novelist, one "PhD" Igbo lady got up the stage and was shouting and calling the novelist a sexist for writing a novel that Igbo women are told what the Igbo cultures and traditions are and no Igbo man or woman shouted the lady down?