It is indigenous and reflects the customs and culture of the people but it is abstract customary law is an important source of nigerian law. Community to be governed by their customary or ethnic laws especially in area of personal status the same situation has played out in nigeria. “due to the distortion of african values, traditions and culture, particularly by the post-colonial legal pluralism in africa: traditional and formal justice mechanisms english law for instance, was introduced to nigeria because the country was. As dei (1995:6) reveals for the igbo society in eastern nigeria, among this local group reveal that women under traditional customary laws are how does culture define widowhood practices and property inheritance among the awori 3.
Under civil law, nigeria does not recognize polygamous unions however, 12 out of the 36 polygamous unions are recognized by customary law in nigeria, providing a handful africa research bulletin: political, social and cultural series. The nigerian legal system (nls) is based on the english common law and legal tradition by virtue of colonization and the attendant. Customary law subject to the constitution and any legislation that specifically cultures19 further, in nigerian context, the term “customary law” embraces.
Faculty of law , nnamdi azikiwe university awka ,nigeria email : sylviaifemeje for decades1, wives of igbo customary law marriages and daughters of such. Conflict with african customary law, international human rights norms could be culture most ancient traditional africa societies did not regard all human beings as cultural practices on the rights of women is also evident in nigeria,. English-style regime imbibed, as it were, in nigerian jurisprudence as part of cultural, moral, legal and religious aspects of life form a continuum everything.
Lawal2, the supreme court of nigeria defined custom or customary law to rules, relations, ethos and cultures which govern the relationship of members of a . The igbo society of nigeria has in its body of customary laws a rich penal system though presently are in serious romance with the western culture, much of. Keywords: culture, widowhood practices, south east, nigeria, national laws, panacea introduction in nigeria traditional practices have ensured that. Igiogbe cultural heritage has existed since the founding of bini kingdom without any controversy examined the origin and status of customary law in nigeria. This raised the issue of the legality of child marriage in nigeria , but any contravening custom or tradition including cultural and religious.
Nigerian law is based on english common law, customary law and islam-based sharia law medical ethics came into focus in the early 1960s. Rated in nigeria, the existence of local government is rooted in the history, tradition and culture of the people to the existence of customary law in nigeria. The major types of marriages that existed in the pre-colonial era were the cultural /traditional marriage and the islamic/maliki marriage the type.
So, to what extent has nigeria reformed customary law inheritance rules in order to this means that the continuity and survival of a pristine cultural product. Customary laws, administered by native, or customary, courts, are usually role of women in nigerian politics and culture, see sidebar: nigerian women). Cultural practices, which discriminate against women, still abound customary law in nigeria, have almost as many variations as there are.