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THE PHENOMENON OF WIDOWHOOD IN IHECHIOWA: THE RESPONSE OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF NIGERIA

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TOPIC: THE PHENOMENON OF WIDOWHOOD IN IHECHIOWA: THE
RESPONSE OF THE PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH OF NIGERIA
Title page – – – – – – – – – i
Approval – – – – – – – – – ii
Requirements – – – – – – – – – iii
Dedication- – – – – – – – – iv
Acknowledgements – – – – – – – – v
Map – – – – – – – – – – vi
Table of contents – – – – – – – – vii
Abstract – – – – – – – – – – viii
CHAPTER ONE: INTRODUCTION 1
1.1 Background of the study- – – – – – 1
1.2 Statement of the problem – – – – – – 2
1.3 Purpose of the study – – – – – – – 4
1.4 Significance of the study – – – – – – 4
1.5 Scope of the study – – – – – – – 5
1.6 Methodology – – – – – – – – 5
1.7Definition of terms – – – – – – – – 6
CHAPTER TWO – – – – – – – 9
Literature Review – – – – – – – – 9
CHAPTER THREE – – – – – – – – 32
THE PEOPLE OF IHECHIOWA – – – – – – 32
3.1 Brief Historical background of Ihechiowa – – – – 32
3.2 Social life – – – – – – – – – 34
3.3 Economic life – – – – – – – – 41
3.4 Political life – – – – – – – – – 43
3.5 Religious life – – – – – – – – 47
3.6 Educational life – – – – – – – – 50
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CHAPTER FOUR – – – – – – – 52
AN OVERVIEW OF TRADITIONAL WIDOWHOOD PRACTICES
4.1 Widowhood in Igboland – – – – – – 52
4.2 Widowhood in Ihechiowa Before the Advent of Christianity – 56
4.3 Factors Influencing Traditional Widowhood Practices in
Ihechiowa- – – – – – – – – – 62
4.4 Widowhood in the 21st Century in Ihechiowa- – – 69
4.5 Factors Influencing Widowhood Practices in the 21st Century
in Ihechiowa – – – – – – – – – 73
4.6 Causes of Widowhood – – – – – – – 77
CHAPTER FIVE – – – – – – – – 84
THE ADVENT OF PRESBYTERIAN CHURCH IN IHECHIOWA AND
THE CHALLENGES OF WIDOWHOOD – – – – 84
5.1 The Advent of Presbyterian Church in Ihechiowa – – 84
5.2 The Reaction of the Presbyterian Church of Nigeria Towards the
Plight of Widows in Ihechiowa – – – – – – 89
5.3 Widowhood in the Old Testament – – – – – 96
5.4 Widowhood in the New Testament – – – – – 97
CHAPTER SIX – – – – – – – – – 100
SUMMARY AND CONCLUSION – – – – – – 100
6.1 Principal Findings – – – – – – – 100
6.2 Contribution of the Work to Knowledge – – – – 101
6.3 Recommendations – – – – – – – 103
6.4 Suggestions for further Research – – – – – 106
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