Women Inheritance In The Ibibio Traditional Society

LWATI: A Journal of Contemporary Research 2023, 20 (1)


  • Aniekan Etim Nana Department of Religious & Cultural Studies Akwa Ibom State University, Obio Akpa Campus Author
  • Udom Sunday Daniel Department of Sociology and Anthropology Akwa Ibom State University, Obio Akpa Akwa Ibom State Author




Inheritance, Women


This paper is aimed at evaluating the women inheritance practices in Ibibio traditional society with reference to change and continuity. Inheritance, which involves the transfer of property from parents to heirs, is a normative experience which every, family regardless of sociocultural settings, must experience to ensure that family and social system are fulfilled. However, the transfer of properties from older generations to the younger generation has become a major problem in African society. It was a tradition of the people in Ibibio that female children must not inherit any property such as lands, houses from the family nor widows at the demise of their husbands, but in recent times, it seems the practice has changed. The gap this work sets out to fill therefore is to discover if truly this practice has changed. This paper adopts historical approach. To enrich the work with vital facts, oral interview was equally conducted. From the information gathered, it is discovered that women inheritance in traditional Ibibio society has changed over-time as women are now given full fledged freedom to inherit property of all kinds. This paper recommends that parents should not place or prioritize a gender 
above the other in privileges and inheritance right. This is important because both male and female children have their responsibilities based on financial status, not gender.


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Nana, A. E., & Daniel, U. S. (2024). Women Inheritance In The Ibibio Traditional Society : LWATI: A Journal of Contemporary Research 2023, 20 (1). Afrischolar Discovery Repository (Annex), 243-260. https://doi.org/10.60951/afrischolar-183

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