Literacy rates differ significantly between genders in Central Africa. In rural Nigeria, there is a 24.1% difference in literacy rates between men and women.

In Joys of Motherhood, Adankwo’s natural and implicitly differentiated treatment of Nhu Ego’s sons and daughters reflects the androcentrism in Nigerian society’s view of education; in the work, she asks Nhu Ego to not “forget the … twin [girl’s] bride prices will help out … boy’s school fees.” (Emecheta 127)

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