AN ANTHROPOLOGICAL APPRAISAL OF THE PLACE OF WOMEN IN IGBO MATERIAL PHILOSOPHY
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The Quint: University College of the North, Canada.
The Igbo are known to be very diligent. They abhor laziness and work hard to build their economy. In terms of wealth, men and women are viewed from different perspectives by the society. Women are often perceived by the society as consumers of men’s wealth. This work sets out to investigate the position of women in Igbo material philosophy with the aim of finding out their contributions and recognition. Mixed research method was employed in carrying out the study. The researcher adopted critical discourse analysis as a theory for analysis of this work. Findings reveal that Igbo women work very hard together with their male counterparts to build their economy. During the Nigerian civil war, when men were in the war front, women upheld the economy of the Igbo nation. There is a bias in language in terms of the representation of women, for only the negative sides of women are projected and there is silence concerning their positive attributes. The study reveals patriarchy as the reason behind the veiling of women’s economic contributions. The work advocates that the role of women should be linguistically visible. The visibility of women in language will encourage them to work harder in supporting their male counterparts in building a formidable society.