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Article Number - 257B97462798


Vol.9(2), pp. 7-14 , February 2017
DOI: 10.5897/AJHC2016.0326
ISSN: 2141-6672



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The gender factor in post-World War I Africa: The development of the oil palm industry in Nigeria’s Benin province



Ayokhai, Fred Ekpe F.
  • Ayokhai, Fred Ekpe F.
  • Department of History and International Studies, Federal University Lafia, Lafia, Nigeria.
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Naankiel, Peter Wilfred
  • Naankiel, Peter Wilfred
  • Department of History and International Studies, Federal University Lafia, Lafia, Nigeria.
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 Received: 24 July 2016  Accepted: 21 October 2016  Published: 28 February 2017

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In spite of the evidence that African Women under the post-World War I economy were subjected to brutal exploitation and underdevelopment as much as their male counterparts, Women Studies has remained a neglected theme in the historiography of post-World War I Africa. In fact, Nigeria’s Benin economic and development history typifies and reflects this reality of neglect across all its historical epochs. This study examines the conceptualization and practice of development and its impact on African women, with specific reference to the growth in the oil palm industry in Nigeria’s Benin Province between 1914 and 1938. It finds that African women were a major target of a systematic colonial exploitation under the post-World War I economy. It concludes therefore that the colonizer’s notion and practice of development was one at variance with the development of the African women in the industry. Rather, it, by all intent and purposes, facilitated the development of Britain while under-developing African women in spite of the growth and expansion of the export oil palm industry in Nigeria’s Benin Province.

Key words: African women, development, gender factor, growth, Nigeria, Benin Province, oil palm industry, post-World War I.

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APA Ayokhai, F. E. F., & Naankiel, P. W. (2017). The gender factor in post-World War I Africa: The development of the oil palm industry in Nigeria’s Benin province. African Journal of History and Culture, 9(2), 7-14.
Chicago Ayokhai, Fred Ekpe F. and Naankiel, Peter Wilfred. "The gender factor in post-World War I Africa: The development of the oil palm industry in Nigeria’s Benin province." African Journal of History and Culture 9, no. 2 (2017): 7-14.
MLA Ayokhai, et al. "The gender factor in post-World War I Africa: The development of the oil palm industry in Nigeria’s Benin province." African Journal of History and Culture 9.2 (2017): 7-14.
   
DOI 10.5897/AJHC2016.0326
URL http://academicjournals.org/journal/AJHC/article-abstract/257B97462798

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