MUSLIM WOMEN’S CONTRIBUTION
TO THE NIGERIAN ECONOMY
HUSSAINI USMAN MALAMI†
Department of Economics, Faculty of Social Sciences,
Usmanu Danfodiyo University, Sokoto-Nigeria
In the northern part of Nigeria, majority of women
are working within the four corners of their
matrimonial homes. However, some of them are
fully integrated in the modern economy. This study
identifies the contribution of the two classes of
women to the modern Nigerian economy.
Muslim women‘s involvement and participation in the economic
activities in Nigeria have today been a very controversial issue.
There is a view that women are allowed by Islam to participate in
any national issue, be it political, economic or otherwise. This is
because; they have equal right with men. One therefore, sees
women working in government offices, private organizations,
markets and many other places with the aim of improving their
living standard and giving their contribution to the economy.
The other view on the other hand, maintains extreme and
opposite position with the first view. According to this view,
women should totally remain in their homes and should not
participate in any economic activities outside their matrimonial
homes. They should however; give full attention to their domestic
chore, and all their economic contribution should be limited in
their homes. According to the last view, women could participate
in economic activities outside their matrimonial homes. However,
this should be under strict guidance from the religion of Islam.
This means that they are neither prohibited from participation
nor do they have absolute freedom to engage in all economic
The above categorization of the present day Muslim women in
Northern Nigeria could perhaps be similar to the categorization of
women in the Hausa land Muslim co