Ayisha Osori

, ()When one of ’s biggest pop sts, Tiwa Sav said she doesn’t think men and e equal during an interview on a Nigerian radio station, it generated fierce , one that mostly played out on the country’s media feeds.

Sav isn’t the only fe celebrity polizing audiences with her s on gender roles and .
’s DJ py said in an interview with CNN in July: “I think it’s , young fes doing what we’ve been t we can’t do and I rey feel like e very powerful.”

Feminists ‘doing crazy

In the same inter, DJ py acd the difficulties in face, saying “I had to leave to realize my power because a lot of times as a woman you e constricted to what you can do and what you can achieve,” she said.
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To many feminists, py’s comments eed in-line with feminist ideals. But a month later in an inter with a local radio station, she decled that she doesn’t consider herself a feminist anymore.
“I don’t like who e hypocrites. e out speaking about rights, but behind closed doors e doing crazy ,” she said.
“I would never come out as a feminist because I’m in a dominated industry so I have certain scen w… I deal with men on a day to day and I realize they e always going to think they e better than ,” she added.
DJ py went on to imply that constantly fighting for ’s rights wouldn’t necessily to a desi change.
“If I litery sat down day and spoke about how hd it is being a woman I wouldn’t have time to be …because I would be somew in Alade mket talking about how need better rights,” she said.
This spur many comments by Twitter users on topics of , class privilege and what some consider a fe of the word itself.

The personal is political

But while these s e no doubt powerful, they do not imp government policies that affect . , the s of who aspire to be in political could have a imp on the fight for ’s rights.
So when Eunice Atuejide, a fe ial candidate in ’s 2019 s, proclaimed that she was “not a feminist,” an even fiercer ensued.
Atuejide said last week on a local radio station that Chimamanda Adichie, the of “Half of a Yellow Sun,” is “an etremist.” Adichie’s book format essay, “We Should Be Feminists,” was given to every 16-ye- in .
But Atuejide said: “I hope some of our do not necessily take on too much of the she is saying because some of them could uy turn ound and bite them in the bum.”
’s 2019 comes at a time w is a global goal the country is still struggling to achieve. The Economic Forum 2017 Global Gender Gap report ranked 122nd out of 144 ed. As of 2018, still hasn’t passed the 2011 Gender and Equal Opportunities Bill — and has faced for that failure.
Ayisha Osori, the of “Love Does Not Win Elections“, responded with some ning on the absence of in . “ e some states in like , Kebbi and Sokoto that, since 1999, haven’t elected a woman for any . Federal, state, local — no woman has been elected,” Osori t .
“Only five fe s and deputy in the country. We have no fe governor, fe or [vice ],” she added.
Given these numbers, Atuejide’s s on the importance of e even more puzzling, according to Osori, who believes that Atuejide’s decision to run is, in , a feminist one.
“Any woman who runs for any ership role in a very patrichal sy like , a country w the of in is etremely low,” Osori said.
“You e a feminist. Not even just by labels, but by what you e trying to achieve — because you e basicy saying, my voice counts, I count as a human being and I have the right to be in this position,” she added.

’s feminist

ial Atuejide, in another tweet epressed her “” for being ced a feminist “because that word means too many , many of which I don’t like.”
Some who question the meaning of in see it as irrelevant in , ing it as a western import.
Minna Salami, a and of the pan- feminist blog, MsAfropolitan, t : “ is a of feminist movements in and one notable chapter in was the Aba ’s Riots of 1929.”
This pticul movement was led by in southeastern as a revolt against policies imposed by colonias.
Some who question the meaning of in see it as irrelevant in , ing it as a western import.
Atuejide, 40, a , is one of si for the highest office in ’s 2019 s.
fe candidates e Olufunmilayo Adesanya-, , Adeline Iwuagwu-Emihe, Oyenike Roberts and Remi Sonaiya — who also contested the 2015 ial and was the first Nigerian woman to run for president. Eplaining why she took that unprecedented step, Sonaiya t : “Just the state of the nation. The deplorable state of our affairs, the inept of government.”
“It just struck me that we needed to have good , with integrity to get involved in . We were wrong to have left our affairs in the hands of who rey had no for the general populace.” Sonaiya added.
While Sonaiya feels she got from both and fe citizens, she also received some disroval as a woman for office.
“I remember once being on a program and one man ced in and said ‘come and just go back to your kitchen’. But then you remember that our himself had said that his wife beed to the kitchen and to ‘the room’. But this did not affect me one way or the .
“I was focused on my and I epected that would be different s about what I was doing,” said Sonaiya.
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Sonaiya is referencing Muhammadu Buhi’s comments from 2016, when he said his wife beed “to my kitchen and my living room and the room.”
This was as a to her of his ership, w she suggested she might not vote for him in the next election. “He is yet to tell me but I have decided, as his wife, that if continue like this up to 2019, I not go out and campaign again and any woman to vote like I did before. I never do it again,”said Aisha Buhi.

’s for

Three yes after Sonaiya’s run for , more e following her . Although just not under the banner of , or even gender.
Atuejide campaign slogan is “A For ” and she claims she has a plan to promote equality: “by owing to compete in the same conditions, ” she said.
“If e more than men that e able to do then more than men be employed and vice versa. And if is a 50-50 situation that is what we get. But it won’t be because of gender.”
Some s e wondering who Atuejide is hoping to eal to during the s. One Twitter user ed her: “Well, anti-feminists won’t vote you because men e the and e the neck/tail. And feminists won’t vote a woman who s the word . So w does this leave you?”
Atuejide does ac that she faces chenges. “We have to deal with our religious ways of seeing ,” she said.
“We have to stt making the men, , , the imams, the pastors and priests etc… understand that men and e equal in the eyes of . That is a chenge that I have to deal with — in terms of getting the aver to cast their vote for me.”
Given the divided media s to these ’s s on , it is cle that is still conside a controversial in that continue to be a hot topic for .

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