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#BeingFemaleinNigeria highlights Nigeria’s blatant sexism

If you’ve been on the Twitter sphere lately, you might have noticed #BeingFemaleinNigeria trending on your Twitter feed the past couple days. This is the master plan of Florence Warmate, and her book club, who shared the hashtag, hoping to start a conversation about what it means to be a woman in Nigeria, after having read Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s book, We Should All Be Feminists.

The hash tag sparked almost 20,000 tweets already, most coming from women sharing their own stories of sexism and feminism in eastern Africa.

Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is mostly known for her speech about ‘”being liked” and for her book Americanah, which is already in the works to be a feature film starring Lupita Nyong’o. The feminist author has also been refereed to as Beyoncé’’s ” favorite feminist.”  #BeingFemaleInNigeria has already become the top trending hash tag in Nigeria.

“We were discussing the book, started talking about our own experiences and thought we should take this to a larger audience,” explained Florence to Buzzfeed. “If no one talks about it, it just escalates, and it becomes a normal thing that happens to everyone. So we wanted to spread this fire.”

 

Check out some tweets from women sharing their #FemlaInNigeria stories below:

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Image via PEN American Center.

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Written by Natalie Rivera

Managing Editor Natalie Rivera is a proud feminist and freelance writer who enjoys writing anything pop culture-oriented, as long as it's women-positive. She earned her journalism degree in 2013 and has since then written for a variety of trending websites. Her heroes consist of David Bowie and Annie Clark, who are changing the way the world perceives sexual and gender fluidity. Follow her at @ByNatalieRivera.

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