• Christian Nwabueze Nwagwu Universidad Del Pais Vasco/UPV-EHU, Onati, Spain
  • Caleb Chukwuebuka Iwuala Kingsley Ozumba Mbadiwe University, Ideato, Nigeria
  • Richards E. Ebeh Imo State University, Owerri, Nigeria


Public, Perception, Politics, Participation, Engagement


This study investigated the public perception of women's political participation in Nigeria, with emphasis on analysing the relationship between the belief that women lack the requisite education and skills for political engagement and the general public's opinion of
women's participation in politics. The research population consisted of 240 Nigerian citizens selected through the convenience sampling technique. The study employed a descriptive design approach where participants were administered a self-reported questionnaire. Descriptive statistics and the Spearman Correlation Coefficient were used to analyse data collected using the Statistical Packages for Social Sciences (SPSS, Version 27) The results indicated that the majority of the participants believed that women have the training and skills necessary to completely participate in politics. In addition, the findings demonstrated the positive influence
of Nigerian public opinion on women's political participation. This perception, however, creates a considerable barrier, restricting women's participation in the political process and limiting their representation. Several factors that influence public perception include
socioeconomic status, educational background, and cultural norms. There were also demographic differences in public opinion based on gender, age, and level of education. Based on the study's findings, the study recommends education and awareness initiatives, leadership development programmes, gender-sensitive legislation, establishment of women's support networks and institutions and promoting a commitment to gender equality in politics. The study concluded that these may assist in dispelling misconceptions, increasing women's political participation, and fostering a more inclusive and representative democracy in Nigeria. 

Author Biographies

Christian Nwabueze Nwagwu, Universidad Del Pais Vasco/UPV-EHU, Onati, Spain

Department of Sociology of Law

Caleb Chukwuebuka Iwuala, Kingsley Ozumba Mbadiwe University, Ideato, Nigeria

Department of Psychology

Richards E. Ebeh, Imo State University, Owerri, Nigeria

Department of Psychology




How to Cite

Nwagwu, C. N., Iwuala, C. C., & Ebeh, R. E. (2024). ANALYSING PUBLIC PERCEPTION OF WOMEN’S POLITICAL PARTICIPATION IN NIGERIA. African Journal of Social and Behavioural Sciences, 14(1). Retrieved from




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