In relation to Lysistrata by Aristophanes, discuss inequality and role of women in Nigeria.

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Since Lysistrata by Aristophanes is set in ancient Greece rather than modern Nigeria, it is not entirely relevant to the issues concerning the role of women. Also, the central issue in Lysistrata did not have to do with the role of women; Aristophanes was in no way a proto-feminists. Instead, Lysistrata was intended and seen by its original audience as a strong protest against Athens' foreign wars, using outrageous and explicit sexual humor. 

In thinking about the role of women in Nigeria, the one similarity with ancient Athens is that there are, in many parts of Nigeria, still distinct gender roles for men and women. To some degree, these vary depending on tribal, religious, and cultural traditions. In pre-colonial Nigeria, although gender roles were distinct, women were in charge of many aspects of food production, pottery, and weaving, and could become wealthy traders. They also could serve as priestesses in certain areas of animist religions. In general, colonialism and religions such as Islam and Christianity restricted the roles of women. 

Women in northern, Islamic Nigeria are less likely to be educated and less likely to have civic or economic power, while some women in the south are well-educated and hold important positions in business and government. Polygamy is a practice found in Nigeria which was not known in ancient Greece.

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