Ajayi Johnson Olusegun, Toyin Adefolaju


Nigeria is culturally a patriarchal society, communication system in the family seems to follow autocratic pattern and decisions are mostly that of the head of the family-the husband and father of the house. This pattern of relationship is also helped by the two most distinct religions (Christianity and Islamic) practiced in the land. Since the man dominates decision-making process, it therefore means the pattern of communication within the family will also be shaped by him. The low or non participation in decision-making at home and in the community by women limits their access to economic resources, information and empowerment leading to high rate of poverty in Nigeria. Women and children are always at the receiving end of all odds in the family system in Nigeria. This paper is therefore interested in looking at the pattern of communication and decision making in the family system in Nigeria and how these have affected the development of the family and empowerment of women.

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