Tag Archives: Inheritance

An Analysis of the Conceptual Issues Affecting Land Ownership/Inheritance Among The People of Ogbe Autonomous Community in Ahiazu Mbaise of Imo State. (Published)

The concept of land ownership and inheritance especially among the people of south eastern Nigeria (igboland), right before the colonial period, has always been that of absolute ownership which bestows the holder with the power of alienation. Alienation connotes the totality of the right of disposal over a thing which is not only the most conclusive but also, the most valuable incidence of ownership. This is what gave land inheritance its value. However, over time, there has been a drift in the popular perception of land tenure, ownership/inheritance by the people as a result of the changing economic importance of land. Against this background, this study analyses the conceptual issues affecting land ownership and inheritance among the people of Ogbe community in Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State, South-Eastern Nigeria, as it were during the historical / traditional era down to the contemporary times. The study used the anthropological methods, namely key interview, observations, and archival records in collecting its data. Analysis from the study reveals that most aspects of the land laws of the people including land pledging, communal ownership, land sales, inheritance procedure and gift land among others were gradually changing while some have become extinct due to the emerging social, economic and political restructuring of the nation in general and Ogbe in particular.

Keywords: Analysis, Concepts, Inheritance, Land Tenure, Ogbe community, Ownership

AN ANALYSIS OF THE CONCEPTUAL ISSUES AFFECTING LAND OWNERSHIP/INHERITANCE AMONG THE PEOPLE OF OGBE AUTONOMOUS COMMUNITY IN AHIAZU MBAISE OF IMO STATE. (Published)

The concept of land ownership and inheritance especially among the people of south eastern Nigeria (igboland), right before the colonial period, has always been that of absolute ownership which bestows the holder with the power of alienation. Alienation connotes the totality of the right of disposal over a thing which is not only the most conclusive but also, the most valuable incidence of ownership. This is what gave land inheritance its value. However, over time, there has been a drift in the popular perception of land tenure, ownership/inheritance by the people as a result of the changing economic importance of land. Against this background, this study analyses the conceptual issues affecting land ownership and inheritance among the people of Ogbe community in Ahiazu Mbaise Local Government Area of Imo State, South-Eastern Nigeria, as it were during the historical / traditional era down to the contemporary times. The study used the anthropological methods, namely key interview, observations, and archival records in collecting its data. Analysis from the study reveals that most aspects of the land laws of the people including land pledging, communal ownership, land sales, inheritance procedure and gift land among others were gradually changing while some have become extinct due to the emerging social, economic and political restructuring of the nation in general and Ogbe in particular.

Keywords: Analysis, Concepts, Inheritance, Land Tenure, Ogbe community, Ownership

CULTURAL NORMS AND DISPUTE ON WOMEN’S PROPERTY RELATIONS IN GHANA. (Published)

The general impression created is that cultural norms used in dispute resolution in chiefs’ courts in Ghana violate women’s rights. Analysis of these norms and proceedings in chiefs’ courts is important because chiefs’ courts play a tremendous role in dispute resolution among the ethnic groups. The units of analyses are Anlo and Asante of Ghana. The findings of the research are that chiefs’ courts do not discriminate against women in gender neutral cases and that the bias occurs when the case is gender sensitive. Women also have limited participation as decision-makers in chiefs’ courts, a factor, among others, that may contribute to the bias against them. There is need to modernise operations in chiefs’ courts to make it gender friendly. Moreover, since gender issues tend to affect women’s property rights, and are often used as central reference points for the handling of disputes, there is need for social re-orientation of people. The research is significant because, inter alia, it contributes towards the strengthening of procedures in chiefs’ courts, and in the reform of cultural norms/laws/principles that are gender discriminatory

Keywords: Chiefs’ courts, Cultural norms/laws/principles, Dispute, Dispute resolution, Inheritance, Property, Property inheritance