Does Patriarchy Rule Impede Contraception Use In Most African Communities?

Serah Greno, Udoy Saikia

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Patriarchal rule over households in African traditions is a norm that has been around for quite some time, this is to say that most African were born into it by virtue of cultural systems or belief. In Nigeria for instance, Man is reverenced as the head of the family irrespective of his educational and financial status and assumes the responsibility of heading his family not just in the matters of welfare but in all forms of decision-making. This is the norm that most or all Nigerians were raised into. This mentality is evident in Nigerian cultures, societies and customs. The responsibility of heading the family can be seen in the relationship of husband and wife or a father to his household. It is no wonder that the birth of a male child in Nigerian communities is heralded with great joy as the boy is seen as the one that will lead the family's lineage and master over the family's responsibilities and decisions. This leads to an outpour of emotional and social investment on the male child (Izugbara, 2004.....
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)39-43
Number of pages5
JournalIOSR Journal of Humanities and Social Sciences
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - May 2021


  • Patriarchy
  • contraception
  • Nigeria
  • Education
  • Africa
  • fertility
  • family planning


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