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The sources of law in most African countries are customary law, the common law and legislation both colonial and post-independence. In a typical African country, the great majority of the people conduct their personal activities in accordance with and subject to customary law. Customary law has great impact in the area of personal law in regard to matters such as marriage, inheritance and traditional authority, and because it developed in an era dominated by patriarchy some of its normsdoi:10.2979/indjglolegstu.18.1.87 fatcat:5d6og6wujvhv5eaz2ldis5w3p4