The Female King of Colonial Nigeria the Female King of Colonial Nigeria

The Female King of Colonial Nigeria the Female King of Colonial Nigeria : Ahebi Ugbabe Ahebi Ugbabe

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Nwando Achebe presents the fascinating history of an Igbo woman, Ahebi Ugbabe, who became king in colonial Nigeria. Ugbabe was exiled from Igboland, became a prostitute, traveled widely, and learned to speak many languages. She became a close companion of Nigerian Igala kings and the British officers who supported her claim to the office of headman, warrant chief, and later, king. In this unique biography, Achebe traces the roots of Ugbabe's rise to fame and fortune. While providing critical perspectives on women, gender, sex and sexuality, and the colonial encounter, she also considers how it was possible for this woman to take on the office and responsibilities of a traditionally male role.show more

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  • Electronic book text | 323 pages
  • Indiana University Press
  • United States
  • English
  • 0253005078
  • 9780253005076

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"An important contribution to the study of modern African history. It will be of special interest to scholars of African history, women's studies, and comparative politics." Anene Ejikeme, Trinity University--Anene Ejikeme, Trinity University"show more

About Professor Nwando Achebe

Nwando Achebe is Professor of History at Michigan State University. She is author of Farmers, Traders, Warriors, and Kings: Female Power and Authority in Northern Igboland, 1900 1960."show more

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