The queen mother, a powerful title among the Edo and Yoruba, could be bestowed upon the king’s mother or a free woman of considerable stature.In her own palace, the queen mother presided over meetings, with subordinate titleholders in her support.The most serious threat to the influence and privileges of women occurred during the 20th century, when patriarchy combined with colonial changes to alter gender relations.
son, daughter, sister, brother, students, worker, friend etc.
Each social role carries expected behaviors called norms.
The most powerful agency of change for the modern woman has been Nigeria’s formal education system, from which a large number of elite women have emerged.
Intelligent, educated, and confident, they can be found in all leading occupations; they now challenge many aspects of patriarchy and are gradually organizing to ensure that the political arena expands sufficiently to accommodate them.
The basic unit of political organization was the family, and in the common matrifocal arrangement, which allowed a woman to gain considerable authority over her children, a woman and her offspring could form a major bloc in the household.
Power and privileges in a household were also based on age and gender, thereby allowing senior women to have a voice on many issues.
Or she could simply withdraw and use the kitchen as her own personal domicile for interaction with her colleagues, friends, and children.
Beyond the household level, power was generally dominated by men, but in many areas specific titles were given to women.
Social norms are the accepted standards of behavior of social groups.
These groups range from friendship and work groups to nation states.