Philomina E. Okeke-Ihejirika

Philomina E. Okeke-Ihejirika is an assistant professor of women's studies at the University of Alberta. Her current research involves economic barriers to black immigrant women's empowerment in Edmonton, Alberta.

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Negotiating Power and Privilege · Career Igbo Women in Contemporary Nigeria
By Philomina E. Okeke-Ihejirika

Even with a university education, the Igbo women of southeastern Nigeria face obstacles that prevent them from reaching their professional and personal potentials. Negotiating Power and Privilege is a study of their life choices and the embedded patriarchy and other obstacles in postcolonial Africa barring them from fulfillment. Philomina E. Okeke recorded life-history interviews and discussions during the 1990s with educated women of differing ages and professions.

“The intellectual success of this study is not that it yields generalizations about the role of education, neatly packaged and ready for uncritical international application to African women or Third World women at large. Rather, this study generates widely applicable questions and identifies issues that are likely to shape the direction of research on women's education and employment for years to come.”

Gracia Clark, author of Onions Are My Husband: Survival and Accumulation by West African Market Women