Grad. Students Feature Stories

My Strong Passion for Eliminating All Forms of Violence against Women in Nigeria



I am currently working on the subject of husband and male partner violence against women in Nigeria, Africa’s most populated country. Like many other African countries, violence against women is a common phenomenon and a serious social problem in Nigeria.


Although there are previous studies on male partner violence in Nigeria, they pay little to no attention to the wide disparities between the Islamizing northern and the westernizing southern regions. In the current study, I stratify the country into its northern and southern hemispheres, trace divergent historical developments in each region, identify factors promoting or discouraging men’s support for wife-beating, as well as identify how trends in national and regional gender resources contribute to the current prevalence of violence against women across Nigerian households.


Apart from attempting to cover these conceptual and empirical gaps in the literature, my study also employs and compares an array of competing Western-originated theories about violence against women, and tests their relevance in the northern and southern Nigerian contexts. Above all, I pay attention to the effects of female relative resources, household poverty, and others, on perpetrators’ likelihood.


Perhaps, this is the first study that the author is aware of the importance of tracing the effects of empirical developments at micro and macro levels on men’s attitudes as well as on actual perpetration of violence against their intimate partners in Nigeria as a whole, and also adequately and contextually, along its northern and southern regions.

Large quantitative datasets were collected in four waves between 2003 and 2018 (n >100,000 individuals and couples), and they have been analyzed.



Mr. OLA Bamidele

Current PhD student of the Department of Sociology. His research focuses on gender studies, domestic violence, violence against women and human development.