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No country should call itself a Democracy if it denies equal participation in policy-making to women –Bella Abzung (1996).

It is the duty of government to ensure equal participation of women in politics, to vote, and be voted for and to held public office. There are at least three levels of Political Participation; Consciousness raising, involvement in Partisan politics, and Standing for office. Women all over the world are good at Consciousness rising; they provide majority of voters.

However, they are not adequately represented in partisan politics as of major actresses, nor do many of them, get elected and become office holders in government.

Over the years women has been relegated to the background in issues of the overall development especially in the developing nations like Nigeria and Akwa Ibom State in particular. This is borne out of the Sentimental attachment on feminine gender. Historical evidences are available to prove that the Nigeria Women have long been playing crucial role in political life of the Country, and this has contributed in no small measure in shaping the political system of the nation.

For development of any kind to be successful, a vantage position should be accorded the women, as they constitute larger proportion of the populations. In this regard, they should not be left out in issues of decision-making that bothers even on the lives as a people.

Today, women are participating more actively in political issues than ever before as a result of political re-wakening and awareness. More often than not, they are being signed with challenges of which discrimination is rifer. Majority of the men more on Charismatic disposition are preoccupied with the nation that decision making is exclusive for the men folk while women are to be instructed on what to do.

This idea of seeing the women playing the number two role at home has come to play itself out in the political life of the people, and this ought not to be so with regards to the ever dynamic nature of things globally as women are now seeing in other communities as avant-garde in developed nations. It is surprising that some mindset of yester years is still what is obtained in our Country Nigeria and Akwa Ibom State in particular.

Despite the difficulties faced by women in politics, they continue with their political ambition, contributing enormously to the political  and national development in their own way as the challenges militating against them are not present, although Akwa Ibom State is yet to have a female president, Senate president, Governor, Speakers of State House of Assembly and House of Representative respectively.

Women over the years could be said to have recorded some measure of appreciable political achievement in the political fields of endeavors, meeting their political objectives with imitated support any resources at their disposal.

The essay attempt to explore the extent of involvement of Akwa Ibom Women in politics, although not much has been written on the subject, effort would be made to make original contributions to the existing knowledge. However, it is the irreversible conviction of this researcher that for the purpose of genuine human progress, there is the need to cherish the ideal of a democratic force society in which all people are accorded equal opportunities in the struggle to political power irrespective of sex.

This position is legally supported by the 1999 Nigeria constitution, chapter two which states interlia concerning political objectives of the Federal Government of Nigeria that discrimination on the grounds of place of origin, circumstances of birth, sex, religion status, ethnic or linguistic association or tribe shall be prohibited.

The justification of this research lies in the fact that even though Akwa Ibom Women participated actively in the so called Aba women’s riot of 1929 and actually laid down their lives for the independence of Nigeria, their effort or contribution were neither recognized, rewarded or mentioned in the most Nigeria history books.

It is therefore the basic pre-occupation of this writer to bring to limelight the role played by Akwa Ibom women for the political struggle for the emancipation of our Country, Nigeria.

To correct the age-long male chauvinism, which women sees as a cog in the wheel of their political progress, this paper would encourage Akwa Ibom women to abandon this defeatist approach and beef up their political power and numerical strength to compete with their male counterparts for political positions.  This is so because no political position has ever been wrested on a platter of gold without struggle.

For sustainable governance through political process, women must be brought in. This is so because women in general have natural stake in politics given the fellowship reasons:

Women are on the valued side of procreation which enhances        population and            their birth of political heroes (children).They know for solidarity among themselves in which can be an     asset to the      economyThey are flexible in principlesThey are goal orientedThey are on the high side of social welfare administration and       practices especially      in grassroots level.

The participation level of women in politics in Nigeria; especially in Akwa Ibom State under study was as a result of excessive information of Nigeria woven by European standard.

Etuk, (1993), this was a problem in colonial government and administration in Nigeria. The result of this was that this led to the Eastern part of Nigeria women riot captioned Aba Women Riot of 1929 which claimed lives and properties across the eastern region. The women of Akwa Ibom State origin, kicked against the eradication of dual sex political system as postulated or posited by the colonial government.

The main point is that colonial rule established a standard for single sex political system. As it has been overtime, dual sex political system, has been stand in Akwa Ibom State and that has been stand of Akwa Ibom women going by their political strength and political premarital, accumulated over the years, Idiong (2004).

Lastly, Dame Patience Jonathan, the wife of the former president of Nigeria, declared that 35% of political position and appointments should be given to the female gender to ease in them the doubt of single sex political system.

Prominent women in Nigeria, whose political activities are well noted and credited to Nigeria, are:

Dr. Mrs. Margaret Ekpo of Akwa IbomMrs. Funrinlayo Kuti; whose activities have contributed significant           to the   masses: Ola(2003).Mrs. Janet Mokelu. Queen Amina of Zaria. Madam Tinubu of Abeokuta.Emotan of Benin.Alhaji Gambo Sawaba in the North played active role in political agitation. Obongawn (Mrs) Mma Brownson Ikpe. Obongawan Ikpaisong (Mrs) Atim Rose ,Dr. Mrs. Akon Eyakenyi            etc.

Today, women in Akwa Ibom State helps in the day to day running of the affairs of the Village, they make useful suggestions that lead to a formulation or representative in socio-cultural settings.

The women for change initiative were holed in Uyo Akwa Ibom State on September 14, 2010 by Dame Patience Goodluck Jonathan; as aspect of the Douglas Mc-Gregory’s model of motivation. In essence, the support and motivated the Akwa Ibom women to participate in politics in Nigeria. Indeed, such acts are motivated enough to enhance women participation in politics in the State (Akwa Ibom).

There is no doubt that women have some potentials and rights to contribute meaningfully to development of their Countries. Therefore, Akwa Ibom Government should work hard towards achieving gender equality in democratic governance, increase women participation and access to politics.

It must be realized that the role of women as home maker cannot be down played in that it equally has an extended impact on their responsibility in services, the women touch anywhere cannot be matched.


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