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Cultura International Journal of Philosophy of Culture and Axiology

Volume 8, Issue 1, 2011

Justina O. Ehiakhamen
Pages 49-62

The Practice of Inheritance in Esan
the Place of the Female Child

The act of discrimination against the female sex is an undeniable phenomenon in virtually all human societies, though the severity varies from one society to another. It is against this backdrop that this paper is aimed at exposing the inadequate nature of the primogeniture rule of inheritance towards the female, as practised by the Esan people. The paper tests the validity of the logic on which the disinheritance of females rests, and discovers that it is invalid as it violates such moral principles as the categorical imperative and utilitarianism, among others. It therefore advocates for possessive right for females for the sake of justice and equity.

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