A Woman to Know: Margaret Ekpo

That's why Margaret Ekpo has been in the news for nearly 60 years. — Kammonke Abam

(image via Wikimedia Commons)


In the midst of Nigeria's fight for independence, Margaret Ekpo began to mobilize her own movement: for women's rights. She believed that women had a more important role to play in the newly-created First Republic, to exist as more than just confidantes or helpers to the male freedom fighters. As a prominent voice in Nigeria's grassroots activism, she inspired a generation of African women to engage with politics, run for office and petition government.

She counted her hometown elections in the 1950s as her greatest triumph: by 1955, female voters outnumbered male voters in Aba, Nigeria.

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