Coronavirus Pandemic and Market Women in Ondo State, Nigeria

Dr Beatrice Olawumi Ajidahun & Joseph Kayode Adeyemi


This study adopted survey design to investigate the activities of market women in the face of COVID-19 pandemic. Convenience sampling technique was used to select 100 women, selling and buying from the market during COVID-19 era in Akoko SouthWest Local Government Area of Ondo State. The instrument for data collection was self-constructed questionnaire titled “women, market and the issues of corona virus”. The validity was established by experts, and the reliability was determined using testretest method, which produced a Pearson product moment correlation coefficient of 0.76. Three hypotheses were formulated to guide the study. The hypotheses were tested using t-test analysis. The result indicated that there was a significant difference between pre-COVID-19 market activities and post COVID-19 market activities. The result also showed that there was significant difference between the perceptions of women who were buying and those who were selling during COVID-19 market activities, and finally the result revealed that there was significant difference between the emotional state of market women before and during COVID-19 period. It was suggested that both market women and women buying from the market should be sensitized on how to cope in the era because things may not be the same again.

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