The Queenmother, Matriarchy, and the Question of Female Political Authority in Precolonial West African Monarchy Journal of Black Studies 1997 27: 579-597. By Tarikhu Farrar
Challenging western anthropologists to recognize their own class-based, patriarchal thought, Ifi Amadiume, the author of 'Male Daughters, Female Husbands', issues a clarion call for a new understanding of Africa.
The received anthropological view is that the Igbo are not a matriarchal society. This book is a contribution to this debate and the author uses a variety of lines to demonstrate her primary thesis: that Igbo societies are fundamentally matriarchal and have suffered an imposition of patriarchy upon it.