THE ROLE OF THE TELEVISION IN THE ERADICATION OF HARMFUL WIDOWHOOD PRACTICES IN THE BENIN METROPOLIS

By
EMMANUEL IMUETINYAN OBARISIAGBON
Dept. of Sociology & Anthropology
University of Benin, Benin City.
emmanuel.obarisiagbon@uniben.edu
08037234478
AND
AMENZE IFEYINWA OBARISIAGBON
Dept. of Mass Communication
University of Benin, Benin City.

SUMMARY

This study was initiated to examine the role of the television in the eradication of harmful widowhood practices in Benin metropolis. Participants consisted of 400 adults within the Benin metropolis. 384 respondents were chosen using a combination of the stratified and simple random sampling technique while 16 respondents were purposively sampled. A self constructed instrument with a test-re-test reliability co-efficient of 0.79 was administered on the respondents while twenty (20) in depth interviews were also conducted. A descriptive analysis of the quantitative data collected was undertaken using frequency distribution, pie and bar charts, while the manual content analysis was used for qualitative data collected from field work. Findings from this study showed that even though the television plays an informative role in social phenomenon like harmful widowhood practices, it has however not contributed adequately towards the eradication of harmful widowhood practices. The study further reveals that women respond positively to television programmes on widowhood practices and that these practices will reduce if more programmes are aired on them. Based on these findings, recommendations were made that platforms be created through the television for women to share their experiences on harmful widowhood practices while more programmes that discourage the practices should be produced on television.

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Posted in VOLUME 18 NO.1 APRIL, 2016.

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