Nigerian Women Are Speaking Truth to Twitter

by Alexa Salvato

We wrote about the recent passage of a law banning female genital mutilation in Nigeria on Monday, and that isn’t the only feminist news coming out of the African country this week. An all-women’s book club in Nigeria spawned the hashtag #BeingFemaleInNigeria to discuss their experiences of prejudice, sexism, and the unrealistic expectations placed upon them. “The hashtag emerged from a book club based in the capital of Abuja, fronted by young Nigerian woman, Florence Warmate,” Ade Onibada reported for The Voice. “The Warmate Book Club met early on Tuesday (June 30), to discuss award-winning author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Why we should all be feminists TedTalk transcript.”

 The hashtag, and its accompanying tags #BeingAWomanInNigeria and #BeingAFemaleInNigeria, are bringing attention to the unique struggles of living as a girl and woman in the country. And there is lots to say- The Voice writes that the hashtag has already been used over 40,000 times.

Check out some of the most poignant Tweets we’ve found here:


Tweets via @saratu, @KingUcheOdoh, @shadeladipo, @LexiLoves__, @Rhodymite, & @_sizwee

Image via TedTalks


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