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Linguistic Predetermination of Conjugal Status of Igbo Women

N Ezenwa-Ohaeto


Marriage is often viewed in many cultures as the indispensable avenue towards self- realization. It is conventionally taken to be the essence of womanhood among the Igbo of Nigeria. This research delves into the analysis of some related Igbo philosophical ideologies expressed and ingrained in the linguistic repertoire of Igbo world-view and which have served as an  instrument of sustenance and transfer of this culture over generations. It maintains that such linguistic expressions have been used as instruments of mental and physical bondage which have hindered positive change and self-actualisation of the Igbo woman.

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