So there’s a trending hashtag…
Nigerian women are using the hashtag #BeingFemaleinNigeria to share their experiences of discrimination in their country.
In a Tedx Talk published on April 2013, Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie recalled a time she was referred to as a feminist by a close friend.
“It was not a compliment, I could tell from his tone. It was the same tone you would use to say something like, you’re a supporter of terrorism,” she said.
According to Adichie, because of the Nigerian culture some people would say that women are subordinate to men but culture constantly changes.
Thanks to her continuous platform on the struggles of Nigerian Women, women are beginning to have a much needed conversation on their shared plight.
It all began when Florence Warmate’s book club read, We Should All Be Feminists by Adichie. The group then decided to take it one step further by tweeting about their experiences using #BeingFemaleInNigeria.
Most of the tweets carry a similar tone of discrimination and sexism which Nigerian women experience daily.
When she gets raped| why did you dress like that? When she gets beaten by her husband? | What did you do to him? #BeingFemaleInNigeria
— JJ. Omojuwa (@Omojuwa) June 30, 2015
— Lesley Agams (@MzAgams) July 1, 2015
My grandmother had to sleep with her husband’s corpse for three days to prove she didn’t kill him #BeingFemaleInNigeria
— frida kahlo. (@LexiLoves__) June 30, 2015
#BeingFemaleInNigeria your husband slapped you? Sorry. What did you say to make him angry? Go and beg.
— Strokahuntas (@sassylabelle) June 30, 2015
Several landlords rejected me because apparently it’s not proper for a woman to live alone. #BeingfemaleinNigeria
— Spectra Speaks (@spectraspeaks) June 30, 2015