Empowering women by challenging inheritance traditions


The Nigerian Constitution protects the equal rights of all citizens including the right not to be discriminated against either expressly or through the practical application of any law. Customary law is also recognised and protected in the Constitution. However, despite the existing laws and legal precedents set by the Supreme Court, certain cultural and traditional practices have persistently overshadowed women’s inheritance rights in some parts of South/South Eastern Nigeria. Nevertheless, some individuals have challenged these prevailing beliefs. In this piece, Edoamaowo Udeme interviews men who are challenging these customs and features an interview with a woman who is a beneficiary of this cultural shift.