International Journal of Business & Law Research 3(1):89-99, Jan-Mar 2015 (ISSN: 2360-8986)



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ETHNIC AND RELIGIOUS INFLUENCES ON THE TRADITIONAL AFRICAN FAMILY IN NIGERIA: A LEGAL CRITIQUE


NWABACHILI, C. Chudi LL.B (Hons.); LL.M; Ph.D; B.L,
Lecturer, Faculty of Law,
Anambra State University, Igbariam Campus Anambra State, Nigeria
Email:Charleschudi2009@yahoo.com; Phone 08033404185

NWABACHILI, O. Chioma, LL.B (Hons), LL.M, B.L,
Lecturer, Faculty of Law,
University of Nigeria, Enugu Campus, Enugu State, Nigeria
Email: chiomaoge@yahoo.com; Phone: 08063772200

ABSTRACT
There has been a controversy on the ethnic and Religious Influences on the traditional African family in Nigeria. The controversies over these emerging issues submerging the family can only be described as disturbing. It is almost a tangible fact that traditional African families are in disarray as the offshoots of the problems created by ethnic and religious influences in Nigeria seem to overtake the society. Ethnic and Religious influences on the traditional African family in Nigeria have created insurgence of problems which actually have paralysed the accepted traditional African family. The traditional African family in Nigeria is challenged in many areas of harmful widowhood practices, forced wife inheritance, female genital mutilation, problems of inheritance, gender discrimination , polygamy crisis, early marriages, high cost of burial ceremony, influence of extended family, less regard to traditional marriage, high cost of marriage ceremony and forced marriage. In this paper, we will be looking at the meaning of Family, Marriage, Ethnicity and Religion, types of Family, Marriage, Ethnicity and Religion in Nigeria, problems created by the ethnic and religious influences on the traditional African family in Nigeria and the solutions to these problems. The method that will be employed in undertaking this research exercise will be mainly the primary sources. emphasis will also be placed on oral interviews, questionnaires and data analysis. Materials will be sourced from the literature available on the topic through available texts, articles in journals, judicial decision, statutes from within and outside the Nigerian jurisdiction for the legal analysis of the subject matter of the topic. Articles published in relevant journals in Nigeria, papers presented by eminent scholars on the area and judicial decision from superior courts throughout Nigeria will be used. The internet will also be used for accessing relevant materials and data wherever available throughout the world.
Key Words: Traditional African Family, Ethnic and Religious Influences.