The main purpose of this study was to advance or extend Beck’s individualized individual theory using cultural practices and
women in Nigerian higher education as an x-ray. This study provided an elaborate introduction and background to cultural
practices in Nigeria. Secondly, identified and discussed the main types or forms of cultural practices. Thirdly, identified the
most dominant and pervasive cultural practices on the academic performance of married women students in Nigerian higher
education. Qualitative research methodology – narrative enquiry was used. The study’s population was drawn from two higher
education institutions. Focus group discussion was used to gather data. Data was analyzed by means of reported stories of
research participants. The findings include the inadequacy of Beck’s individualised individual theory for understanding the
experience of women amongst others.