What do females face in Nigeria?

By Post Nigeria July 1, 2015 13:13

What do females face in Nigeria?

The above question was answered on Tuesday on the micro blogging and social media site, Twitter, when the hashtag #BeingFemaleinNigeria became one of the most trending topics in Nigeria for the day.

The discussion started when Florence Warmate’s book club read Adichie’s ‘We Should All Be Feminists’, the published version of her TEDx talk.

    “We were discussing the book, started talking about our own experiences and thought we should take this to a larger audience.”

Forgoing their Whatsapp group, they decided to post a tweet using the hashtag #BeingfemaleinNigeria during their lunch break.

It all started from a tiny book group and ended up with thousands of women and men discussing gender discrimination in Nigeria.

Nigerian women used the opportunity to call out the discrimination they face in Nigeria, and what started out slowly ended up engulfing the whole Twitter a few hours later, and trended worldwide by time the day was over.

From a single tweet, the hashtag has been used over 17,000 times.

Apparently the conversation in the book club was sparked by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s essay “Everyone Should Be a Feminist,” which is an adaptation of her famous TED Talk.

This is the same speech that was sampled by Beyoncé in her single, “Flawless”.

Already, this Wednesday morning, a new hashtag, still to raise awareness of the discrimination of women in Nigeria, has started, #BeingAWomanInNigeria

It is no news that we all live different realities and in a society like Nigeria, women tend to get the short end of the stick. Every time women open their mouths to share their stories they are met with shouts of “these feminists are at it again o!” without paying attention to whatever they are saying.

If you follow the hashtag, you’ll find that many of the tweets highlight the experiences of the average Nigerian woman, positive or negative.

This hashtag is not “male bashing” but an outlet to call out victimisation and discrimination in Nigeria, Africa and possibly all over the world.

What are your experiences of being female in Nigeria? Tell us in the comment threads below or via our Twitter handle @Post-Nigeria.