Widowhood Practice among the Yala People of Ogoja Area In Cross River State, Nigeria

ONAH GREGORY AJIMA, Dr Grace Lawrence Hart


Widowhood practice is an age- long traditional, religious and cultural commitment for a woman who has outlived her husband among the Yala people and some Africans communities. Despite the trauma and dehumanizing practices that characterized the institution, the Yala widows are still engulfed into this ancient practice. This practice is today so internalized that a traditional widow is not fulfilled until the rituals and practices are fully and completely performed. But with the recent factors of change affecting every fabric of the society, it has become evident that the effect of this practice includes among others, dehumanization, disempowerments, and conflict in religious beliefs and practices. It is therefore imperative that research such as this be carried out to help in not only informing but also in empowering the victims of this practice, which will ultimately bring about true freedom for the Yala widows. It is therefore the submission of this article that the practice has outlived its usefulness and as such should be completely eradicated by the Yala community.


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