The Aba Women revolt of 1929 (Igbo women’s war of 1929)
In November of 1929, thousand of women from the eastern part of Nigeria, came together to protest against the warrant chiefs of whom they accused of diminishing the role of women in their local government and high taxes on market women. The revolt was led by village women from Calabar and Owerri.
They employed a non violent method of “sitting” or “sitting on men” to censor the accused. This was done by singing, dancing and chanting sounds all night around the warrant chiefs offices and homes until their plight was heard. By following these men around, some of them where forced to resign and as a result the position of women’s role significantly improved. They were able to achieve the following.
- Women were able to replace the Warrant Chiefs.
- Women were also appointed to serve on the Native Courts.
- After the Women’s war, women’s movements were very strong in Ngwaland, many events in the 1930s, 40s and 50s were inspired by the Women’s War, including the Tax Protests of 1938, the Oil Mill Protests of the 1940s in Owerri and Calabar Provinces and the Tax Revolt in Aba and Onitsha in 1956 (wikipedia)
- They were able to stop colonial masters from imposing higher taxes on market places.
- They succeeded in taking over businesses, banks and courts runned by colonial masters. The British guards fired at the women, killing 50 and injuring 50.
Notable women that led a the peaceful protest include;
- Mary Okezie
- Mary of Ogu Ndem (Mary of the Women’s War)
- Ihejilemebi Ibe of Umuokirika Village Ahebi Ugabe of Enugu-Ezike: “The Female Leopard” who was appointed as a Native Court Member in 1930.(wikipedia).
I just recently learnt about this incident in Nigerian History (when i think of 1929, great depression comes to mind)…and i am not sure if any of us learnt this in school in Nigeria, I sure didn’t…sad. But its stories like this that should be passed down to not only inspire us but also commemorate those that lost their lives standing for their rights…rights that impacts us till today.
The picture above is from the revolt and a list of the lives that where lost as a result of the Brit soldiers gun fire attack.
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because i don’t care if u buy me a motherfuckin’ pony. just because u like me doesn’t mean i have to like u. #exercisingmyfemalerighttosayno
1. respect is earned anyway, but when you take pictures like that and then get mad when guys look at you like a slut or expect sex from you it just makes you look stupid. Of course your not going to get respect if your purposely flashing your boobs. You complaining about how “annoying” it is that guys look at you naughty is dumb. Cover up and you wouldn’t have such a problem. Respect yourself and earn respect in return.
Oh shut the fuck up.
I wear short shorts, i wear low cut shirts, i wear “revealing” clothes, THAT DOESN’T MEAN THAT I DON’T RESPECT MYSELF, ASAJKDHSJGKFHJSHDJFDSJHFVDHJ.
How a girl dresses isn’t an invitation to be an asshole.
It’s national slut-shaming-misogyny day on Tumblr, I see.
I bet it was “The Ugly Friend” broad who wrote this. How about this? Why not stop trying to police women’s clothing choices, sexuality? Why blame them for the fact that other people are dicks? Is it their bustier that causes people to have no home training?
Because streets wanna know.
I am reading this the same way I read the “From a Man’s Opinion” post yesterday. This is saying that “Respect” comes from how much you do or don’t cover up and NOT who you are, how you treat people and what your character reflects. None of which have ANYTHING to do with clothing or sex. I swear the same people who say shit like this are the same people who say “I respect women but I don’t think they should use birth control.” WHAT?
You can’t do both. YOU REALLY CAN’T. In this case, you EITHER respect me or you want to police the length of my shorts. YOU CAN NOT DO BOTH.
gonna staple this to the shirts of everyone who tries to equate domestic violence solely with a nationality or a religion or a culture and not let them take it off until it sinks in.
i hate when ppl i follow who have great content reblog something racist and then have the nerve to be all “it’s the internet!” “stop taking it so seriously!” “i didn’t post it, someone else did, i’m just reblogging it!”
jfc, why can’t i just enjoy the internet without my identity as an educated nigerian american woman being attacked in some way? why should i have to not express how a post is hurtful to me and many other POC or women simply because it’s on the fuckin’ internet? since when does freedom of speech mean u can say stupid shit and be surprised when ppl call u out on it?
i don’t kno what is more disturbing. is it the fact that 74% of tumblr users r white and me seeing so much racist shit COULD be a testament to how little this country has changed? or is it the fact that most tumblr users are between the ages of 18 and 24 and therefore in my age-group which ALSO supports the fact that racism is passed from the parents to the young?
like seriously, ppl? read a fuckin’ book, LEARN SOMETHING. better yet, have a conversation or two with a bunch of POC and/or females before u post something offensive and then start acting like u were born yesterday when ppl have shit to say about ur gross, narrow-minded opinion.
fuck u very much, tumblr. FUCK. U. VERY. MUCH.
— NPR News talking about Rick Santorum’s problem with women. which is especially important since he could be the republican delegate for this upcoming election in november. even with obama’s shortcomings, if this misogynistic motherfucker wins, the thread of faith that i have in this country will snap. and then i will board a shuttle and start a colony on mars.
This isn’t rape. This is just sexual assault. And it’s not right, even if in this case it’s hot because it’s just actors and a guilty pleasure sexual fantasy scene.
But it’s still sexist and horrible and I feel very bad for posting it.
Very, very boobs.
sooooo….i’m just gonna let this simmer cause i dont have time to give this my undivided attention right now