Aba riots or the Igbo women's war? Ideology, stratification and the invisibility of women

Aba riots or the Igbo women's war? Ideology, stratification and the invisibility of women

This article discusses issues that border on fiscal legitimacy and women’s rights in colonial Nigeria. In 1925 the British introduced the direct tax, which was to improve the native authority and finance colonialism, however, this introduction was not well received because prices on palm business increased which resulted to an increased tax burden on adult males.

In 1925, a zealous Assistant District officer in Owerri, South-East of Nigeria decided to count the women and their properties – his action was perceived to mean that women were going to be taxed. Although the Officer informed them that it was not the case, events that followed led to a feminist struggle which is called the women’s war.