It’s no secret, I love Twitter. I enjoy cracking jokes about award shows and live tweeting Empire and Being Mary Jane. But I also love Twitter’s ability to shrink the world into a manageable community of interesting people from all over the world.
In addition to using the social network for fun, many also use it to amplify news the mainstream media overlooks, raise awareness about causes, build movements, and share experiences from their part of the world.
Yesterday, scores of Nigerian women took to Twitter to share what it’s really like to be a woman in the “Giant of Africa,” and what they had to say was eye-opening.
Like America, Nigeria is a patriarchal nation built upon the premise that men are natural leaders and women should fall in line behind them. But while we’ve made great strides toward women’s equality here in the states, our sisters in Nigeria continue to confront serious–and even life threatening–challenges when they attempt to climb the corporate ladder, or jist live their everyday lives.
Take a look.
#beingfemaleinnigeria if you’re meeting a man for a job interview, make sure the door is kept open. Please.
— S. (@saratu) 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
Can’t maintain eye contact with a man for more than 5 seconds or else you’re tempting him #beingfemaleinnigeria
— eccentricyoruba (@cosmicyoruba) June 30, 2015
#BeingFemaleInNigeria You’re 12 playing soccer with your friends on the street and you get catcalled. So you start carrying a pocket knife.
— The Nerdy Panda (@RimzyA) June 30, 2015
#beingfemaleinnigeria You should be in charge of the kitchen and checking on tea supplies in different offices. Engineering work.
— Otto (@ottoline_o) June 30, 2015
#beingfemaleinNigeria when you leave a bad relationship and people tell you: ‘why didn’t you endure?’
— Stephanie Busari (@StephanieBusari) June 30, 2015
Age7: don’t play wit boys Age11: stay away frm boys Age17: boys r dangerous,keep away Age23: where’s ur husband? #BeingFemaleInNigeria
— Aisha Shettima (@shatushettima) June 30, 2015
Oto Okon and Chinedu Anarado, the women behind #BeingFemaleInNigeria, said the hashtag was inspired by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s book, We Should All be Feminists. After reading, the women wondered how they could continue the conversation, so they decided to spend their lunchtime tweeting about being female in Nigeria.
While being a woman in Nigeria may still be a challenge, I’m hearted that so many young women and men are discussing the absurdity of sexism and its effects on society.