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Nigerians React to Al Jazeera “Prostitution” & “Nigerian Women” Headline



Nigerian woman mechanicAl Jazeera‘s tweet about Nigeria’s “first female mechanic” providing a way for Nigerian women out of prostitution has many Nigerians up in arms.

Here’s the offending tweet:

Here are some replies to the salacious headline:

In the news company’s story, they profile Sandra Aguebor, “Nigeria’s first female mechanic” and said she “views her country through the prism of opportunity and enterprise for women”.

Sandra grew up in a polygamous home in Benin City, Edo state, and says her mother used to beat her for playing with engines instead of doing her daily chores.

Sandra now has a ‘Lady Mechanic Initiative’ where she trains former prostitutes, orphans and other destitute females, and is quoted as saying her aim is to empower and inspire Nigerian women,

“My Nigeria is the giant of Africa…. My Nigeria is the first to the produce first woman mechanics in Africa. My Nigeria is where you find lots of women doing male-dominated professions. My Nigeria’s women are strong women.”

Watch the full video feature here:

Source: Al Jazeera


  1. jennietobbie

    March 25, 2016 at 5:58 pm

    Absolutely 100% wrong!!!

    • Shomowale

      March 26, 2016 at 10:18 am

      We as AFRICANS should do counter spin for them and discuss, “Sodomization Under the Veil” is it legal ?! if they are ready to speak about that!”‘ Ey Arabians….. Jist, Jist. Wink* Wink*

    • Passerby

      March 27, 2016 at 4:26 am

      Shomowale, how do you know an Arab wrote that tweet? Is it because it’s al jazeerah….? FYI They hire reporters from all over the world you know…….You don’t respond to prejudice with prejudice you respond with educating the ignorant.

  2. keke driver

    March 25, 2016 at 6:42 pm

    Lazy as- writers.

  3. Robin Hood

    March 25, 2016 at 7:35 pm

    The truth is bitter. It is unfortunate that the career prostitutes and part time ones far outnumber the regular women. Its a sad truth. But the rotten apples give the “good” ones a bad name. Go to any hotel and see what girls have reduced themselves to. Go to Abuja, PH, music video hoes/Vixen. Dem plenty

    • Wanderlust _Trekeffect

      March 25, 2016 at 7:56 pm

      And you think that is peculiar to Nigeria? Career women of other nationalities don’t screw around?

      By the way who else has seen Devvon Terrell’s cover of Work by Rihanna? Bella you need to check it out, it’s proper lit! Floors the original version??

    • Engoz

      March 25, 2016 at 8:19 pm

      This is just like saying go to the hospitals, you will see doctors there. Where else will a prostitute practice her trade, ke if not hotel? Maybe if you came out of the hotel and go out to the markets, you won’t only be seeing prostitutes in your life.

    • nene+

      March 26, 2016 at 8:45 am

      I still insist that the most hard working women on planet earth are found in Nigeria!
      From the corn roster, to tomatoe seller, to kaya carrier, to akara seller from North to South and all over!
      I refuse to think that a small percentage seen around brothel are more than cleaners in the offices or compared to ladies working as house helps in million of homes!!
      Nigeria women hmmmm work harder than many others for same circumstance.

      I am a woman and I work hard. Most people around me work hard too.

  4. TeeS

    March 25, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    My worry is that she’s the first female mechanic !!! How is that possible ??? How ? How am I gonna believe that ??
    How ?
    This people need to stop playing games

  5. zee

    March 25, 2016 at 8:11 pm

    D truth is usually a hard pill to swallow!! Its a pity dat d many rotten ones has given d few good ones a bad name!!! Even d ones who claim to be celebrities (with jobs) are prostitutes, d ones who go to dubai to buy goods for sale go der empty handed den sleep wit arab men for money before buying anytin for sale. Most nigerian girls are not blameless!!!!! BN better post my comment

    • 360.

      March 26, 2016 at 7:55 am

      “”Most Nigerian girls are not blameless.””
      Empty barrels make the loudest noise. “”It’s a pity that”” you have allowed all the noise of “”the rotten ones”” (as you say) to becloud the Truth (which can be as sweet as it can be bitter) that MANY Nigerian women have values, decency and self-respect. They work hard, they love and support their parents and their families (married or single), they are intelligent,multi-talented and multi-tasking, every day, day after day. They are great friends and great sisters. They are great business partners. If you will keep looking only to music videos, clubs, hotels, certain kinds of parties, certain kinds of events and places and associations and gatherings specific to the “”rottenness”” and “”blame”” you clearly must be and must have been completely “”blameless”” all your life to judge, then, that, is what you will keep seeing.

      I am a Nigerian woman. It is my privilege to know many women worthy of emulation, in various endeavours of life (lest you think I am speaking only of ‘career’ women, including those whom, intelligent, though very well-educated at home and abroad, their major ambition in life, is to be the very best spouse, mom and home-maker their families could ever have and are content to do just that ) and who just happen to fill in “”Nigerian”” in any space that asks: NATIONALITY.

  6. Troublemaker

    March 25, 2016 at 8:29 pm

    Welcome to the age of foolishness, where people don’t understand statements before jumping into conclusions and joining the bandwagon. She helps women out of prostitution does not mean that all Nigerian women are prostitutes or headed for that fate!!!

  7. ElessarisElendil

    March 25, 2016 at 8:35 pm

    A Qatari owned company disses Nigerian and these are the best they come up with??

    Civics lessons from slavers, ohh the irony.

    • Shomowale

      March 26, 2016 at 10:16 am

      My brother I HAIL ur Wisdom!

  8. Marian

    March 25, 2016 at 8:46 pm

    This is why I hate texting. It depends on how you read it. You gotta read the transcript or watch the video to see the headline from a different angle. The lady mechanic reforms female prostitute.

    • Segi

      March 26, 2016 at 10:13 am

      Sometimes ‘black’ people loose their senses to being frequently paranoid and playing the victim. Without seeing the video, I know that was the intent of the badly worded statement. It’s either people have poor contextual comprehension skills or they’re bored!

  9. Cindy

    March 25, 2016 at 9:53 pm

    Why are we angry? What are the most common insults we receive as women? Bitch, hoe, ashawo, olosho, etc. If we can’t respect our women, why should the world?

  10. molarah

    March 26, 2016 at 1:53 pm

    And that’s how a perfectly inspirational story by a woman making waves got sidelined in the midst of this brouhaha. No one is even talking about the great work she is doing. I actually don’t know whom to blame here: the insensitive journalist or the commenters whipping up a storm in a teacup…


    March 26, 2016 at 9:28 pm

    The truth they say is bitter. Well, “Aljazeera just successfully knocked the truth inside our heads.” (Fella Kuti) Reality bites. I have seen lots of Nigerian women who engaged in prostitution overseas period. Please, do not blame the messenger.(Aljazera). Blame all the bad eggs amongst us who duped their fellow Compatriots into believing that they will help them to secure better job opportunities over seas. Knowingly they were selling them into prostitusion. Aljazera was only reporting what some of our Nigerian Citizen (Women) were doing out there. Secondly, we all know of other Nigerian women flying our Nigerian Flag high in the field of Medicine, Law, Education just to mention a few job categories. Lastly, We also know very well that our thieffing politicians , Civil servants and some in our military and Police force Stole monies we ought to have used to develop/ create jobs our Beloved Country Nigeria got us and them into this. We have no one to blame for the position we found ourselves today. Which way Nigeria.? The next election is around the corner make your vote count. “Don’t vote for a thief.” Vote for someone who will help to move Nigeria forward. Those who have ears let them hear. A word is enough for the wise. I’ m just Saying.

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