Donate Women and War Men make war; women live with the consequences. At least that is the way it is largely perceived.
In the s, women in Agbaja stayed away from their homes for a month because they thought that men were killing pregnant women. Events and causes[ edit ] In actuality, the emergence of the Aba Women's War was long in the making.
Colonialism altered the position of various Nigerian women in their societies. Women traditionally were allowed to participate in the government  and held a major role in the market. The British saw these practices as "a manifestation of chaos and disorder",  and so they attempted to create political institutions which commanded authority and monopolized force.
While they considered the political institutions headed by Igbo men, the British ignored those of the women, effectively shutting them out from political power. A colonial resident, W. Hunt, was commissioned by the lieutenant governor of Nigeria to explain the provisions and objects of the new ordinance to the people throughout the five provinces in the Eastern Region.
This was to prepare the ground for the introduction of direct taxation due to take effect in April Direct taxation on men was introduced in without major incidents, thanks to the careful propaganda during the preceding twelve months.
In SeptemberCaptain J. Cook, an assistant District Officer Women of war, was sent to take over the Bende division temporarily from the serving district officer, a Mr. Weir, until the return of Captain Hill from leave in November. Upon taking over, Cook found the original nominal rolls for taxation purposes inadequate because they did not include details of the number of wives, children, and livestock in each household.
He set about revising the nominal roll. This exercise brought the colonial authority into direct conflict with women in Eastern Nigeria and was the catalyst for fundamental change in the local administration. The announcement of Cook's intention to revise the nominal roll was made to a few chiefs in Oloko Native Court and the counting began about October 14, The women of Oloko suspected that the enumeration exercise was a prelude to the extension of direct taxation, which had been imposed on the men the previous year.
Women were already burdered with supporting their families and helping men pay their taxes. On December 2,more than ten thousand women demonstrated at Oloko, Bende, against the enumeration of men, women, and livestock by the acting district officer. This event at Oloko was to spread to most parts of the Eastern Region within the next four weeks in the Ogu Umunwanyi or Women's War of Nwanyeruwa was of Ngwa ancestry, and had been married in the town of Oloko.
In Oloko, the census was related to taxation, and women in the area were worried about who would tax them, especially during the period of hyperinflation in the late s.
The financial crash of impeded women's ability to trade and produce so they sought assurance from the colonial government that they would not to be required to pay taxes. Faced with a political halt, the women settled that they would not pay taxes nor have their property appraised.
He told the widow to "count her goats, sheep and people. She replied by saying "Was your widowed mother counted? Believing they would be taxed, based on Nwanyeruwa's account, the Oloko women invited other women by sending leaves of palm-oil trees from other areas in the Bende District, as well as from Umuahia and Ngwa.
They gathered nearly 10, women who protested at the office of Warrant Chief Okugo, demanding his resignation and calling for a trial. Ikonnia, Nwannedia and Nwugo.
The three were known for their persuasion, intelligence and passion. When protests became tense, it was often these three who were able to deescalate the situation, preventing violence.
However, after two women were killed while blocking colonial roads as a form of protest, the trio was not able to calm the situation there, the police and army were sent to the town.
She was advanced in age compared to many who led the protests. Under her advice, the women protested in song and dance, "sitting" on the Warrant Chiefs until they surrendered their insignia of office and resigned.
As the revolt spread, other groups followed this pattern, making the women's protest a peaceful one. Other groups came to Nwanyeruwa to get in writing the inspirational results of the protests, which, as Nwanyeruwa saw them, were that, "women will not pay tax till the world ends [and] Chiefs were not to exist any more.
Unfortunately, many women rioted and attacked Chiefs, destroying their homes causing the revolt to be marked as violent. Although she did not participate in the revolt, she was very sympathetic to the women's cause.
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