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Genevieve Nnaji is Speaking Against Deaths of Tina and Uwa & People Have a Problem With It

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BEVERLY HILLS, CALIFORNIA – FEBRUARY 06: Genevieve Nnaji attends the 13th Annual Essence Black Women In Hollywood Awards Luncheon at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel on February 06, 2020 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by David Livingston/Getty Images)

It’s mind boggling.

Genevieve Nnaji shared on her Twitter a tweet lamenting the deaths of Tina Ezekwe and Vera Omozuwa and people seem to have a problem with how the tweet is worded.

The Nollywood actress shared photos of Tina and Uwa and wrote:

They either abuse their power, or have the power to abuse. In or out of uniform, we live in constant fear of men. Tina Ezekwe. Vera Omozuwa. Rest In Peace my darlings. We will get justice.

It seems like the phrase “we live in constant fear of men” has ruffled more than a few feathers, with people saying she shouldn’t have generalised.

It’s quite sad that at a time like this, people are focused not on the tragedy that has befallen us, the tragedy that Genevieve is lamenting, and are instead focused on misrepresenting her words. It’s sad that they do not understand or see the structural/societal imbalance that warrants such a tweet, that has caused the deaths of these two very young women, and that they instead focus on villifying themselves.

Niyi Ademoroti is the Features Editor at BellaNaija and an MFA candidate at the Iowa Writers' Workshop. His writing has appeared in AGNI, Hobart and The Republic.

11 Comments

  1. Anonymous

    June 1, 2020 at 9:49 am

    So i guess you are a woman (Bellanaija) to support such choice of words. Tina was a victim of circumstance, shot in a cross fire not intended for her. Let’s not forget a man was killed also (the conductor). Uwa is quite unfortunate was rape and killed. Bad things happen to good people, i have had two close cases of women stabbing their husbands to death and other pouring hot oil on him while he was sleeping. But stories does not really make the news because it’s not the woman who is affected. We live in a wicked world we need to always be on alert to keep ourself safe from whoever Man or woman, boy of girl. It’s not about gender…
    Genevieve statement is totally wrong her words has so much hate in it and this is why single parenting especially from a woman is not advisable, so as not to change the mentality of their child to hate the opposite gender.

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    • Chi

      June 2, 2020 at 8:07 pm

      U are so backwards in your thinking. What has single parenting got to do with what she said? Shouldn’t we be afraid of men?
      You can’t move freely, you can’t stay in the same house with them. We can’t even leave our daughters with their fathers, brothers, cousins, uncles etc. It’s a pity that you will say this. You’re part of the problem

    • Chi

      June 2, 2020 at 8:07 pm

      U are so backwards in your thinking. What has single parenting got to do with what she said? Shouldn’t we be afraid of men?
      You can’t move freely, you can’t stay in the same house with them. We can’t even leave our daughters with their fathers, brothers, cousins, uncles etc. It’s a pity that you will say this. You’re part of the problem

    • Ibukun

      June 2, 2020 at 11:27 pm

      It seems like we know the same person lol. I also know a woman who poured hot oil on her husband. She had always been the abuser in the relationship till he died

  2. ELOCHUKWU

    June 1, 2020 at 12:31 pm

    THIS SHOULDN’T BE ON GENDER.. WE ALL HAVE SOME INDIVIDUAL PSYCHOLOGICAL ISSUES

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  3. gbaskelebo

    June 1, 2020 at 3:03 pm

    Uwa must get Justice ooo!!! that Ohovbe and Agbor road environ, whatever it is breeding has to stop!!! Uwa must get Justice! I am pained to my bone. This is chilling cold.

  4. Spike

    June 1, 2020 at 9:25 pm

    Why is this blog taking sides rather than reporting the story, highly unprofessional and it feels like you have been paid to change to push this narrative. If I may ask you, what does Genevieve mean by “we live in constant fear of men”?

  5. Hannie

    June 1, 2020 at 10:51 pm

    So the only thing that could be reduced from her statement was the part about men. Yes we are afraid of men because we do not know who trust or who not to. I have brothers too that certain women out there do not know if they can trust them. If you are a man build that trust bridge. It’s a personal responsibility.

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  6. Thompson DonCj De Pounds

    June 1, 2020 at 11:38 pm

    Ignorance is the problem of those misunderstanding Genevieve..
    Obviously they want to drive attention from the main thing..

    So u guys want her to say fear of man? Is it only one man that does evil?
    Mumu people

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  7. Chinenyenwa Edwin

    June 2, 2020 at 9:03 pm

    I don’t think Genevieve meant it the way you are passing judgment on the poor lady. You can ask her to elaborate what she meant. She has right to express her opinion. You are validating her right as a woman. Seek judgement on those murders and the rapist. This is what is call harassment and we all makes mistakes. No one is perfect. Genevieve, live your life baby. People will always gonna talk as long as mouth is alive, mouth will always gonna talk. NEW YORK CITY.

  8. Blaque

    June 3, 2020 at 4:39 am

    Nigerian blogs always bias in reporting. Very unprofessional.

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