Africa is one of the largest continents in the world comprised of 52 countries. The country of Nigeria is known as one of the largest countries in Africa consisting of 36 states. Nigeria's estimated population accounts for 120 million people of which 40% of this population is of the female gender. Nigeria has an administrative governing body divided into a 3 tier government: Federal government, 36 state governments and 774 local governing bodies. This large country has many cultures with a diversity of indigenous languages still spoken by many of its people, although today, English has become the official language of Nigeria. The three primary traditional indigenous languages that are still spoken in Nigeria are: Yoruba, Hausa and Igbo. In order to show how the .

ancestrial traditions of the past has remained .

an integral part of the Nigerian woman's life .

survived throughout the tims into the modern day.

life of the Nigerian woman, we must first take a look its origin. .

In traditional Nigeria, oral literature was used by women to communicate customs, beliefs and traditions to their children and the young. Many of the African communities adapted oral folktales .

and legends that best suited their territorial beliefs. There were many countries in africa such as Kenya and Nigeria along with a host of others that created different variations of fairytales for the children to enjoy. Many of these fables were told to the children by their mothers , women relatives, and also by the Elders of the community. The stories told to the young reflected a way of life. They also taught wisdom, values and customs which over the years.

years has still been practiced and also viewed by many as being a very significant part of the Nigerian woman's African heritage. .

One particular custom stemming back from an earlier period in Nigeria and practiced on a larger scale by Nigerian women today is farming.