N WIE D O O , D E A C O N
Department Of General Studies
Ken Saro-wiwa Polytechnic
This study investigated gender inequality and political participation in Nigerian politics. Furthermore, it analysis why the population of
women is more than men yet men dominate the Nigerian politics. The dominance of men in political positions is not restricted to Nigeria alone, rather, it is a global phenomena. A critical examination of the United States of America and Britain unfold that men still dominate in both executive and legislative positions. From the pre-colonial, colonial and post colonial period in Nigeria, it is observed that women play peripheral role in politics. It has been found out that Nigerian men were exposed to the early British type of colonial education which did not in any way encourage women education. The men were trained to be clerks, messengers, interpreters and catechists and the women were not. During the post colonial era in both civilian and military government the story is the same with slight differences, in all, women still play second fiddle. From the Yaradua–Jonathan, and Buhari administration no serious efforts have been made to bridge the gap of disparity between women and men dominance in political positions. The gap widens on daily basis due to masculine influence, financial capability and the capacity to rule effectively.
African Journal of International Politics and Diplomacy Vol.6 No. 1&2
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