The Female King Of Colonial Nigeria: Ahebi Ugbabe

Paperback | February 21, 2011

byNwando Achebe

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Nwando Achebe presents the fascinating history of an Igbo woman, Ahebi Ugbabe, who became king in colonial Nigeria. Ugbabe was exiled from Igboland, became a prostitute, traveled widely, and learned to speak many languages. She became a close companion of Nigerian Igala kings and the British officers who supported her claim to the office of headman, warrant chief, and later, king. In this unique biography, Achebe traces the roots of Ugbabe's rise to fame and fortune. While providing critical perspectives on women, gender, sex and sexuality, and the colonial encounter, she also considers how it was possible for this woman to take on the office and responsibilities of a traditionally male role.

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Nwando Achebe presents the fascinating history of an Igbo woman, Ahebi Ugbabe, who became king in colonial Nigeria. Ugbabe was exiled from Igboland, became a prostitute, traveled widely, and learned to speak many languages. She became a close companion of Nigerian Igala kings and the British officers who supported her claim to the offi...

Nwando Achebe is Professor of History at Michigan State University. She is author of Farmers, Traders, Warriors, and Kings: Female Power and Authority in Northern Igboland, 1900-1960.

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:322 pages, 9 × 6 × 1 inPublished:February 21, 2011Publisher:Indiana University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0253222486

ISBN - 13:9780253222480

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Table of Contents

Ekene / Acknowledgments

Nkwado / The Preparation: All Trees Grow in the Forest, but the Ora Singled Itself Out
Nkowa / The Introduction: Unspoken, Blame the Mouth; Unheard, Blame the Ear
1. Oge Nwatakili: The Time of Childhood, ca. 18801895
2. Mgbakpu Ahebi: Exile in Igalaland, ca. 18951916
3. Performing Masculinities: Homecoming--and She Becomes a Man, ca. 19161948
4. Inside King Ahebi's Palace, ca. 19161948
5. Mastering Masculinities: Ekpe Ahebi Masquerade--the Final Insult, ca. 19311948
Mmechi / The Conclusion: Ahebi Today--the Works That We Do Are the Things by Which We Are Remembered

Appendix: Select Criminal and Civil Cases in Nsukka Division, 19211935
Glossary of Enugu-Ezike Chronological Terms
Glossary of Igbo, Igala, and Akpoto Words
Notes
Bibliography
Index

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"The Female King of Colonial Nigeria is a rich and significant book that illuminates history, culture, politics, and gender constructions in Igbo land. The book is lucidly written, provides good examples of field methods, and will enrich scholars and students of a wide range of disciplines from history to anthropology and gender studies." -Intl. Journal of African Historical Studies