#BeingFemaleInNigeria has been trending for almost a day!
The trending topic on Twitter started out of Florence Warmate‘s Abuja book club discussion and Chimamanda Adichie‘s famous TED talk. It resonated with Nigerians in the diaspora too – a top 10 trending topic in the UK, and international media houses BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog and CNN picked up the story.
Below are some of the most popular tweets – ranging from dealing with sexual abuse to discrimination at work.
On the flip side, Adebola Williams of Y! Media and The Future Awards wants people to use the hashtag to talk about the positives of being a woman in the country as well.
#BeingFemaleinNigeria There are many positives to being female in Nigeria just like the downsides. Why wouldn’t we spotlight them as well
— Adebola Williams (@DebolaLagos) July 1, 2015
Here are some of the most popular tweets! Discrimination at hotel and clubs
#beingfemaleinnigeria leaving Radisson Blu, on a Tuesday morning, i was held back asked to call who I came to visit before they let me go .
— Florence Warmate (@FlorenceWarmate) June 30, 2015
The pressure to get married, get pregnant and give birth to boys
#BeingFemaleInNigeria From 25 till death you will be bugged about 1. When will you marry 2. When will you born 3. We want boys
— Young Billionaire (@shadeladipo) June 30, 2015
#BeingFemaleInNigeria Being smart doesn’t matter. Having a good job doesn’t matter. Just shut up, get married and give birth to many babies
— Deola Adebiyi (@d3ola) June 30, 2015
On being expected to work and still perform most household duties
Forget your CV and enter kitchen. #BeingFemaleInNigeria
— Chukwuebuka Akara (@ebuka_akara) June 30, 2015
On being called ‘ashawo/ashewo’ (prostitute)
— J (@AntiJayne) June 30, 2015
Domestic violence is the woman’s fault
#BeingFemaleInNigeria your husband slapped you? Sorry. What did you say to make him angry? Go and beg.
— Strokahuntas (@sassylabelle) June 30, 2015
Not being able to live alone
#BeingFemaleInNigeria You can’t move to another city and live alone. There’s always one Aunty or uncle to accommodate you
— AlphaLadyBug (@UNV_Eso) June 30, 2015
The last apartment I got was because the landlord fancied me and said he’d do me a favor by listing me as Mrs. #BeingFemaleinNigeria
— Spectra Speaks (@spectraspeaks) June 30, 2015
On sexual assault
The topic is still raging on with over 40,000 tweets worldwide, and we’re happy it’s spotlighting many of the important issues Nigerian women face everyday.