Nigerian Women Share Experiences With Sexism On Twitter, And The Results Are Harrowing

"You're not a complete woman unless you're married."

Since Beyoncé included Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's quote in the feminist anthem "Flawless," Adichie's name is one we've come to familiarize ourselves with. Inspired by her essay "Everyone Should be a Feminist," a Nigerian book club sparked a discussion on what it's like to be a woman in the most economically successful country in Africa. With the hashtag  #BeingFemaleInNigeria on Twitter, women discussed sexism in Nigeria, and the results were striking.

According to BuzzFeed News, the book club originally met to — you guessed it — discuss Adichie's book, but ended up sharing stories of discrimination against women in Nigeria. Consisting of 10 women and a handful of men, one member of the group, Florence Warmate, told BuzzFeed:

We all started discussing our experiences, and then we thought, 'This should go to a wider group. If no one talks about it, it just escalates, and it becomes a normal thing that happens to everyone.' So we wanted to spread this fire.

Participants told of experiences with marriage, family, religion and how Nigeria perceived women's role in society as secondary to men, more valued for their beauty than their brains. Some also credited Adichie, one of the most prominent non-fiction writers, with inspiring a new generation of readers.


[Cover image via UK Department for International Development/Flickr]

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