Being A Nigerian Woman

‘But he said you were a woman; that he wouldn’t talk to you. That you should go and bring your husband, so they can talk man to man.’

See also http://edition.cnn.com/2015/06/30/africa/being-female-in-nigeria/

For The Love of Words

The first time you realise that life as a woman may not be so easy, is at debate club in primary school. The topic is male children are better than female children.

You listen as the lead speaker for our opponents says, “So with the these few points of mine, I hope I have been able to convince and not confuse you, dear co-debaters and impartial judges, that male children are better than female children.
The boys win, but that’s no surprise; they always do. As long as they make sure to mention that female children will get married and take on their husbands names male children will carry on the family name, they will win.

You grow up and each year brings you face to face with more disparity; it’s no longer debate club, but the boys are still winning, and unfairly so.
It’s stares you in the face…

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