Interdisciplinary Journal of Nursing and Critical Care

Research Article

Attending to Igbo Women's Stories in the Cause of Malaria Prevention: Insider/Outsider Perspective

Anastesia Nzute, Vinette Cross, Dean-David Holyoake

Correspondence Address :

Anastesia Nzute
School of Health and Wellbeing
University of Wolverhampton
Wolverhampton, UK

Received on: August 20, 2017, Accepted on: September 08, 2017, Published on: September 18, 2017

Citation: Anastesia Nzute, Vinette Cross, and Dean-David Holyoake, et al. (2017). Attending to Igbo Womenís Stories in the Cause of Malaria Prevention: Insider/Outsider Perspective

Copyright: 2017 Anastesia Nzute, et al. This is an open-access article distributed under the terms of the Creative Commons Attribution License, which permits unrestricted use, distribution, and reproduction in any medium, provided the original author and source are credited.


This paper discusses the insider and outsider epistemological dilemma that sideline an African woman while conducting research within her culture. The study was based upon hermeneutic inquiry designed to give voice to the small (household) experiences of rural Igbo women in Nigeria (mothers and health workers), to consider how their viewpoints, perspectives, and imaginings might contribute to the fight for a malaria-free Nigeria. The theoretical framework used was African womanism to reflect how women live with the reality of the threat of malaria. The issues of privilege few research relationship and the negotiating power and sense of sisterhood. To see if my reflective experience on assumed insider/outsider positions in this research would contribute to the current discourses in qualitative research. It begins with my fieldwork memo and ends with a quote from Precious Opurum. This perspective is to allow the reader to view research as an interpretative element on one side and socio-narratology situated in the world of qualitative research study.

Keywords: Africana womanism matter, Reflexivity, Malaria, Insider/Outsider,Researcher positioning, Pregnant women, Igbo worldview, Narrative inquiry