Widowhood in Nigeria

joalumanah
Posted June 21, 2019 from Nigeria

With widows in Nigeria, situation is improving though there is still a long way to go. For example:

  • Mourning period now 3 – 6 months instead of 1 – 2 years
  • Widow inheritance are minimized as the in-laws are now more interested in property
  • Property inheritance now being decided by the court of law if a case is made against in-laws
  • Widows not seating or sleeping on bare floor or mat, and not eating with broken plates
  • Laws being made by State Legislators, though not easy to enforce

Changes are slow and not in all communities, nor in all instances.  Lots need to be achieved. Not many are privileged and many are in poverty.

 

This story was submitted in response to International Widows' Day.

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Lisbeth
Jun 21
Jun 21

Its actually an improvements indeed. We grateful for this new development in your country. Thanks for sharing.

Jill Langhus
Jun 22
Jun 22

Hi Joalumanah,

Thanks for this encouraging update. I'm glad to see the momentum is going in the right direction for widows. Please keep us posted.

Hope you're having a great weekend:-)

Beth Lacey
Jun 22
Jun 22

The progress is good.

Tamarack Verrall
Jun 22
Jun 22

Hi Joalumanah,
This is good news, important progress in critical ways. I hope that by gathering all of this information from different countries, everyone working for change will be strengthened.
In sisterhood,
Tam

Kirthi
Jun 27
Jun 27

Sending you lots of good thoughts for more goodness to come your way, Joalumanah!