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Umuada (Women) and Conflict Management in Isuokoma, Nigeria

Kelechi Johnmary Ani, Ukamaka Bernardine Ogbonna, Victor Ojakorotu

Abstract


Conflicts manifests in different levels and forms. The major actors in conflict are often men and youth. Unfortunately, the ladies suffer rape and loss of their husbands and sons, whenever conflicts escalate. This study highlights the role of Umuada Isuokoma in the Ojiegbe Ezza and Mgbalukwu-Obeagu Isu conflict. The study which used random sampling to gather interviews found that the conflict started in the eve of colonialism in Nigeria in 1910 and continued intermittently till 2007. It had devastating impact on communal development in the area, which forced women not only to pray but engage in widespread consultations that led to the resolution of the crisis. The study recommends multi-dimensional development of Isuokoma and the empowerment of Umuada Isuokoma through think-home philosophy.

Keywords: Umuada, conflict, peace, development and Isuokoma




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