(CP-Africa) – Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Adichie recently wrote a strong, effusive piece in the Financial Times about being a woman in urban Nigeria. Read some excerpts below as well as the full story in the Financial Times.
This is what it is to be youngish (early thirties) and female in urban Nigeria. You are driving and a policeman stops you and either he is leering and saying “fine aunty, I will marry you,” or he is sneering, with a taunt in his demeanour and the question so heavy in the air that it need not be asked: “which man bought this car for you and what did you have to do to get him to?”
I am infuriated by the assumption that to be youngish and female means you are unable to earn your own living without a man. And yet. Sometimes I have taken on the simpering and smiling, because I am late or I am hot or I am simply not dedicated enough to my feminist principle.
Chimamanda means business in this piece. Read the full story in the Financial Times here