Women in Pre-Colonial Economic Development in North East Yoruba Land of Nigeria
In the indigenous society, family followed a strict division of labour based on sex and age. Each had its functions defined and they were rigidly adhered to. In this division of labour, the functions of the women were crucial to the maintenance and continuity of the society. Their role in procreation and subsistence economy cannot be underestimated. However, few written literature exist on the role women played in production history in Okun land. Therefore, the major theme in this paper is a survey of women’s role in pre-colonial economy of North East Yorubaland. It highlights the various, economic resources and activities engaged in by Women; then making the womenfolk indispensible in economic development. Primary and secondary historical research methodology were employed for the study.