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“It’s an insult to women to say we are equal to men…we are newer, revised, upgraded beings” – Designer & Wedding Planner Liz John-Black shares her thoughts



Photo Credit: Instagram – @lizjohnblack

Liz John-Black, designer/wedding planner, and wife of filmmaker/photographer Yomi Black made her opinion clear via her Instagram page yesterday saying that to compare men and women as equals would be insulting to women.

She said:

I strongly feel it’s an insult to women to say we are equal to men, we are not equal to them, we are newer, revised, upgraded beings, man wasn’t good enough, so a woman was created. Don’t mistake the position we took as helpers as though we are less, we are just humble, period! Quote- #lizjohnblack  #proudwoman  #africanwoman  #happysunday  #instafamily  #instagram  #instagrammers  #happynewweek

See her post below:

Her husband and his good friend, Eldee The Don then commented on the post in humorous fashion:


  1. FasholasLover

    March 20, 2017 at 2:31 pm

    Lol. I like the husbands first response #IkukuDeyHereDeyLook.
    Yep, we are not equal, we are better. Finito.

    • FasholasLover

      March 20, 2017 at 2:36 pm


  2. Bruness

    March 20, 2017 at 2:49 pm

    Who are we to say who is better or not, a revised version or 2.0 version. We all have the roles we play in this life because honestly one can’t exist without the other. It’s not a competition. Men are not better than women and neither are the Women. We coexist #Period.

    • John Doe

      March 20, 2017 at 3:45 pm

      Good to know that sensible humans like you actually exist on this site.

    • John Doe Is Dead

      March 20, 2017 at 4:17 pm

      Don’t be stupid. You all take things on this blog too seriously.

    • Jade

      March 20, 2017 at 5:29 pm

      You nailed it. This should be an end to all this shenanigans of who is better. We co exist and let’s just all play our roles.

  3. AceOfSpades

    March 20, 2017 at 3:00 pm

    Dang! It’s that time of the month again but don’t worry ehnn Liz, this too shall pass.

  4. SoniaPaloma

    March 20, 2017 at 3:41 pm

    What is this one saying again?
    Sister, you don’t uplift women by bringing down men. How does that even work?

    • Mawi

      March 20, 2017 at 5:32 pm

      Perfectly said. I wonder if that is what she’ll be teaching her son; that a woman is better than him. This is exactly what I mean when I say that so many women do not know what feminism is. They are the problem with the noble cause of true equality because they breed hatred by their sense of superiority. What then makes such so different from the misogynists we are trying to get rid of? They are no different at all.
      “Man wasn’t good enough..” really sister? Try telling that to our creator. Let’s see how He feels. Smh…

  5. Kelechi

    March 20, 2017 at 4:06 pm

    Take feminist serious at your own peril. Anything that makes u sleep better at night. smh

    • Engoz

      March 20, 2017 at 4:49 pm

      So if feminism has always argued and reiterated that we are equal, how on earth is this person or her quote feminist? What the heck happened to the Nigerian educational system if it’s a problem for people like Kelechi to apply logic in their statements? Jesus Christ!

    • Mawi

      March 20, 2017 at 5:39 pm

      This is no feminist. This is not feminism! This is a man hater, or a follow-follow, “copy and paste the quote because it sounds nice without using my brain to decipher the message behind it” situation. Simple. Please let us know the difference and be guided accordingly so that we can stop spitting on true feminism. Real feminists DO NOT hate men neither do they believe that men are inferior to women.

  6. Mendes

    March 20, 2017 at 4:30 pm

    well said @kelechi. The one that pisses me off is when they say “Aren’t you a man?” I will be like thats that supposed to mean? If you set expectations for me, it is only fair that i set expectations for you as well.

  7. Spunky

    March 20, 2017 at 4:45 pm


  8. famo

    March 20, 2017 at 5:06 pm

    Help us make sense of how an upgrade takes orders from a downgrade. Odé gidi

    • Oyda

      March 21, 2017 at 7:22 am

      Liz don talk say na because upgrade dey humble ??‍♀️.
      You sef see say phone and laptop systems dey remind you, dey even beg sef make you upgrade am to “operate better”
      This 2017 sha, talk plenty

  9. Zoba

    March 20, 2017 at 5:16 pm

    What nonsense is this….what is this supposed to be? Feminism? This goes against equality the so called feminism movement is fighting for. Lady, I understand you’re trying to sound smart and be trendy- as feminist is the new black?, but try this again with something you have more insight on okay?

  10. john

    March 20, 2017 at 5:26 pm


  11. BB

    March 20, 2017 at 6:03 pm

    Bella children, kai. Too much anger over a harmless quote. Truly the internet is full of children of anger.

  12. [email protected]

    March 20, 2017 at 6:30 pm

    This equality does it mean the woman can pay the fees feed the house and pay rent? Does not ask the man for money and sends money to her people from her pocket? Just asking o…. For me sha woman was created to be taken care of by a man o….

    • The Real Oma

      March 20, 2017 at 7:32 pm

      Speak for yourself Madam! Many women pay fees, feed their family and pay their rent.
      You feel you were created to be taken care of by a man, fine, but speak for yourself not all women.

    • Mz Socially Awkward....

      March 20, 2017 at 7:50 pm

      And no be even today wey that one start sef…. tay-tay since the time of our Grandmama dem-dem, a lot of women have been bringing the bacon home from their jobs/market-stalls/farms/etc….. so it’s constantly baffling to see and hear women in this 21st (almost 22nd century sef) generation talking as though paying rent and school fees has become a miracle ranking up there with the feeding of 5000. When I personally know women who are responsible for the money men “send” to in-laws on both sides of the family?

      Haba, ladies. We’ve passed this level a long time ago, biko…..

      Re Liz’s Instagram post and the fervour it seems to be causing, I get the impression she was being tongue-in-cheek. The sort of thing that’s akin to “40 is the new 30” and “Who runs the world? Girls run the world” and all such other SM adages…. BellaNaija, iz eet a slow news day?

  13. [email protected]

    March 20, 2017 at 8:25 pm

    I dont think any woman is happy to do that o… Either the husband is out of job, dead or he left home with out giving them his address or a junkie. No woman is happy to shoulder that responsibility alone. I mean will u b happy if someone got your child pregnant and you are taking care of that child because you are a feminist

    • Idomagirl

      March 21, 2017 at 12:15 am

      Are feminists the only ones carrying those responsibilities?
      Do you know how many of our mothers and grandmothers traded and farmed to send their children to school?
      Why are you talking as if women taking up full responsibility for their children is some new phenomenon?

    • ogeAdiro

      March 21, 2017 at 3:46 pm

      I don’t even think it’s a feminism thing. Some people are just happier being in charge of their affairs. I actually know a few women like that, both married and unmarried. They might be forming traditional roles, but they’re really the ones running things in their relationships. They don’t want to be alone but that doesn’t mean they’re scared of being alone. I know one in particular, she’s always talking about how she believes in a man being the man. But this girl no go gree her boyfriend rest. The girl’s hustle is way more than her boyfriend’s, so guess who runs things in their relationship? I pointed it out to her the other day and she was just laughing. She said her hustle was just insurance policy in case her boyfriend/husand-to-be fall hand.

  14. Idomagirl

    March 21, 2017 at 12:17 am

    So Liz doesn’t believe in equality but some kind of female supremacy?
    Abi I didn’t read the quote well…

  15. [email protected]

    March 21, 2017 at 5:45 am

    If u grew up raised by your mum paying the bills you will learn this__she did it because the man could not, she cried at night when you were sleeping because she was deep in thought wondering were she had gone wrong in life for the father of her children to abandon her. You will grow up hating men because of the stress your father put your mum and women can never be equal let the man be as God made him__love and provide while the women respect and care for their home. Shikena

    • Mz Socially Awkward.....

      March 21, 2017 at 4:46 pm

      I’m really “not understanding you well”…. as my people are wont to say.

      So…… if, in this my full adult state of financial earning ability….. ehen, so if I am to now take up marital residence with a Mr. Husband in this my present state….. you’re basically saying that a woman should step back after saying “I do” and free the job of “providing for the home” to the man as his sole role, while she focuses on caring for the house as her own sole role?

      Help me to flow, abeg, I’m really confused….. because it’s 2017 & women are ruling nations, going to space, running corporations, discovering medical miracles that cure debilitating diseases……. but apparently in Nigeria, we are still completely focused on making sure we observe propriety by handing over our earning abilities to the men, so that they can feel like men and we can fold into our own role as women.

      Again, please, help me to understand what I’m not understanding well.

      To the impressionable girl children visiting this blog at a mouldable stage of their growth – listen to me: love, respect, providing and caring are not gifts which are distributed by virtue of having a vagina or a penis. A man or a woman can provide what a home needs at any one time. If God has put a drive in you to be extremely industrious & make cheddar, do NOT take a backseat financially in your relationship because you are waiting on a man “to do what God has called him to”.

      I honestly can’t believe we’re still having these conversations as women. For the love of God, too many sacrifices have been made by others gone before us JUST SO we can have much more advanced goals for womanhood. Haba????

  16. Gem

    March 21, 2017 at 11:55 am

    Mummy yoma, I na -ako tuu.
    This is not an insult, but you are making lil sense. You know the probs with anti-feminists? they put all women in same stereotypic box. Like darling, someone has told you to do you and keep it moving so whatsoever right do you think you have to discredit industrious women who take care of their own from the benevolence of their hearts?
    Women like you keep taunting equality and shunning feminism and preaching total subservience, walai! live let’s live. Some of us women do not cut your typical ‘feminine character’, we are individuals with needs. So no boo, if feminists aint rampaging with placards in your little haven with men, by all means shush and stop trying too hard to take us back to those hey days.
    I for one intend to never bring a child into this world without a sustainable means of livelihood. Yes, my hubby’s status is no factor. He can be as wealthy as Zuckerberg, but if I have nothing doing, no child.
    I cannot imagine not being a part and parcel of my child’s sustainance; financially and otherwise. …and that amongst all the others would make me as happy as the happiest person you know.

    So dear, the earlier you begun to accept that many women are happily different from you, the better for you.

  17. [email protected]

    March 21, 2017 at 5:29 pm

    A man should be a man. Work and take of his home. A woman should be a woman take care of the home with what the man is bringing to the table even if she wants to help she should not be compelled to do it. She should do it if she likes to. A woman at her workplace is equal to the men there but in the house the husband is the head. He should play that role. Start playing the role of the man in the house and watch your home go to ruins
    To the impressionable girl children visiting this blog love, care, respect your husband but provide only when you know he has been providing. . Marriage na calculus sometimes only love is not able to keep you together. . At first it will be cool always providing but after a while the stress will start to show.

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