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Abstract

The erection and proliferation of baby factories constitute one of the major injustices directed at women especially teenage girls in southeastern Nigeria. Under this arrangement, women are incarcerated for the purpose of procreation alone. A litany of scholarly works has been written on this subject, placing the blame for this impunity, in Nigeria on the capitalist system. This paper insists that beyond capitalism, there is a need to interrogate the cultural erosion of values mostly responsible for this scourge. To achieve this, newspapers, interviews, archival materials and other extant secondary sources have been used for data collection, analysis and for the interpretation of results. The paper employs the qualitative method of analysis.

Note on the Author

Dr. Uche Uwaezuoke Okonkwo holds a PhD degree in History and Strategic Studies from the University of Lagos, Nigeria. He teaches African History, Gender Studies and Sexuality Studies in the Department of History and International Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. His articles numbering over 45 have made debut in reputable journals and books. His forthcoming book is titled Animal Cruelty: A Social History of Dogs in Nigeria. Email: ucheokonkwo2007@yahoo.com.

Dr. Ngozika Anthonia Obi-Ani possesses a PhD in Social and Political History of the Nnamdi Azikwe University Awka, Nigeria. She lectures in the Department of History and International Studies, University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Her research interest is in the area of Women History, Conflict and Crises Management in Africa. Email: ngozi.obiani@unn.edu.ng.

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