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This Open Letter to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie discusses Feminism, Egalitarianism & Respect

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Since Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie asked Hillary Clinton if it was her choice to identify herself first as a wife on her Twitter bio, and why, the internet has been awash with comments for and against.

In what can be tagged as her contribution to the topic, Co-Director of Startup Grind Lagos Blessing Abeng, in a Twitter thread, also published on her blog einsteinette.com, she highlights her “issue with feminism,” and why egalitarianism is better for her.

“You can’t ask for equality of the sexes and have bias for one of the sexes,” she says, adding that individuals should get appointments or contracts based on merit and not gender bias. “Treat every human as their own person, not as a male or female,” she adds.

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18 Comments

  1. Ithaffdo

    April 24, 2018 at 10:33 pm

    Pls it haffdo.

  2. randommer

    April 24, 2018 at 10:55 pm

    lol please go and sit down. Or better yet find out what feminism truly means. The Nigerian music industry is so sexist – Only Tiwa Savage is good enough to be booked for shows? Miss me with that

  3. James

    April 24, 2018 at 11:16 pm

    Ms. Adichie should spend more time building up her body of work like those before her – Achebe, Soyinka and others. I would like to remember her for her litrary greatness, not for controversial subjects that she is not an authority on.

    Also her focus should be on her home country and trying to use the platform that she has been given to bring about change in her homeland, not arguing who is a better feminist in America.

  4. Just saying

    April 24, 2018 at 11:43 pm

    Sigh, the truth is Nigerians like to jump on bandwagon. Now everyone will jump on the bandwagon of sharing their opinions based on one question that was taken out of context by this same blog. In response to the op ed, or letter , me, I will add my two cents. To the author of the letter, girl just do you. Live and let live. And I will take a quote from your letter: Real power is silent and hidden. Personally I think you should have done that instead of feeling the need to comment and Bellanaija feeling the need to post this. Next week, they will be praising Adichie again for something she did or said or whatever. Cycle of life. The same people that praise you one day are the ones that tear you apart the next. I tire for una.

  5. mimi

    April 25, 2018 at 2:18 am

    My kind of person, like she was in my head. It’s good to know there are people with this view, and writing about it too.

  6. Mrs chidukane

    April 25, 2018 at 3:04 am

    I was going to read but then I changed my mind. If you have followed Hilary Clinton from when her husband became a Governor, read biographies of her and also books written by her, then you will understand why CNA asked that question. Critical thinking is becoming a luxury in Nigeria.

    • Funms

      April 25, 2018 at 10:04 am

      Its a luxury the world over Mrs Chidukane. Please read what she wrote. 🙂

  7. Elle

    April 25, 2018 at 3:51 am

    Lol, she lost all credibility when she quoted scandal!!!
    Seriously though, I don’t care what it is called so long as it is about equality. There are too many faulty reasonings in this, in a nutshell this is just as disrespectful as telling all blacks that all lives matter IMO.

  8. fabulous

    April 25, 2018 at 6:13 am

    Madam blessing you’re confused and you don’t know what you’re saying.

    • mimi

      April 25, 2018 at 6:31 am

      So you mean her view is that difficult to understand?

  9. John

    April 25, 2018 at 9:25 am

    Some people take feminism to extremes – like the abort the male child campaign (according to them he is a rapist or chauvinist waiting to happen), the no pad movement, just to mention a few. Men are now the enemies instead of society.

    This table you shooked has the likes of Engoz , sugabelly ( I wonder where that retard is) , hadiza/ real Nigerian and california dog.

    Seriously, This is no longer funny…It is time feminism is declared a hate movement .. This is exactly how the Nazis , isis and bokoharem started.

  10. John

    April 25, 2018 at 9:28 am

    Some people take feminism to extremes – like the abort the male child campaign (according to them he is a rapist or chauvinist waiting to happen), the no pad movement, just to mention a few. Men are now the enemies instead of society.

    This table you shooked has the likes of Engoz , sugabelly ( I wonder where that she is) , hadiza/ real Nigerian and californiadog.

    Seriously, This is no longer funny…It is time feminism is declared a hate movement .. This is exactly how the Nazis , isis and bokoharem started.

  11. Kiki

    April 25, 2018 at 9:56 am

    “If you have to say how powerful you are, then you have no power” Real power is silent….

    Food for thought

  12. Nky

    April 25, 2018 at 11:00 am

    I totally agree with the writer. I look forward to economic, social and political equality of sexes. I do not need to pull down the men in my life’s to stay relevant and neither do they. Teach your children respect, dignity in labour and give them equal opportunities irrespective of their sexes.

  13. Bukunmi

    April 25, 2018 at 11:19 am

    You all don’t have to agree with the writter as she only gave her point of view. You dont need to say she is confused or call her names. Thanks

  14. Engoz

    April 25, 2018 at 3:53 pm

    1) I absolutely disagree with the writer on the usage of Feminism. The usage is critical to the core of gender equality. Check your prejudices why a word you think is feminine cannot represent a general concept. There are English words that appear masculine but are used to represent both genders. E.g Mankind. Recently, Canadian President Justin Trudeau ‘offended’ people over his ‘peoplekind’ in place of ‘mankind’ comment. Honestly, I found it laughable as I consider it very irrelevant. It is also for this reason I find your comment extremely laughable. If we can accept words like mankind as a general term for both sexes, so also can we accept feminism to identify both sexes as equal. If the usage of masculine words do not present a threat to your sensibilities, so also the word feminism should not threaten your sensibilities towards equality if indeed you are an egalitarian and not someone adversely reacting to the usage of feminine words. If you have no problem with masculine words to define the human race in general terms, you should have no problem with ‘feminine’ words. If you are struggling with that, you haven’t sincerely dealt with your prejudices to the female.

    2) “Men are going through their bit. They are going through a lot, keeping up with the weight of pseudo strength society burdens them with.”

    Your statement is actually a feminist concept, but please make sure to include patriarchal society when you refer to society. Patriarchy is a system of society or government in which men hold the power and women are largely excluded from it. Women who stay in line are rewarded and content with the crumbs from it. In Nigeria today, religious, cultural and political posts are headed by men. I have argued with many men and they believe the system is good enough for them. If the people you are telling that ‘this system is killing all of us, and that women should also be providers to alleviate the burden’ ignore your submissions and instead insult you in return lmao, insult you in return by not only women but the men you are ‘trying’ to help, lol. What else should a sensible person do other than to you leave them to their destruction and focus on your ‘female’ issues- the one that directly affects you as female. Consider this analogy, most drugs have side/adverse effects that can be life threatening, but for it to get on the market, the benefits have to outweigh the risk. Don’t get it twisted, the privileges men get out of patriarchy is greater than their burden. They are in power to change the system, but they won’t. They are fine with it. I have accepted it. So please I will not fall for the fraudulent

    To put it more perspective, this is a comment from our resident Chief on BN:

    “Why would a woman earn more than her man?Why? Culturally thinking,it would be a recipe for disaster.A woman that earns more than her man always throws it to his face It is emasculating,in fact she is eroding his self confidence.Sometimes the lack of confidence is what causes some men to be physically and emotionally abusive to their women.Our culture expects us to be in control.Maybe the only men who are willing to tolerate over ambitious women are simps.The African culture believes that a man is the head of the house and should provide,protect and take care of his family.”

    It is naivety to think the men you are caping for will accord people the choice to rebel against the patriarchal norm. Cry in public? Play with toys? Lol.

    3) On merit based vs PC, absolutely for it.

    4) Egalitarian, feminism, humanism are all grammatical jargon that have Gender equality as the fundamental base of the ideology.

    According to the UN, Gender equality, equality between men and women, entails the concept that all human beings, both men and women, are free to develop their personal abilities and make choices without the limitations set by stereotypes, rigid gender roles and prejudices. Gender equality means that the different behaviour, aspirations and needs of women and men are considered, valued and favoured equally. It does not mean that women and men have to become the same, but that their rights, responsibilities and opportunities will not depend on whether they are born male or female. Gender equity means fairness of treatment for women and men, according to their respective needs. This may include equal treatment or treatment that is different but which is considered equivalent in terms of rights, benefits, obligations and opportunities.
    Gender equality is achieved when women and men enjoy the same rights and opportunities across all sectors of society, including economic participation and decision-making, and when the different behaviours, aspirations and needs of women and men are equally valued and favoured.

    Be aware that most people liked your posts because they feel you are in opposition to Chimamanda who they have deep seethed hatred for and NOT because they agree with your views on Gender equality which you agree with.

    • tunmi

      April 25, 2018 at 4:24 pm

      Thank you for taking the time to respond to this because the thing weak me.

  15. nnenne

    April 25, 2018 at 11:41 pm

    @Engoz…Well writen.Thanks.
    I personally have pledged to raise my boys differently.
    And of course my daughters will hopefully grow up to love, respect men, be of extreme help to men in their lives be able to live fulfilled lives with or without a man not.

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