Nigerians Divided Over Chimamanda Adichie’s Chivalry Comment
Award-winning author Chimamanda Adichie has come under Nigerian public scrutiny in recent times not for her books but for her views on feminism.
The author who was a guest on “The Daily Show” hosted by Trevor Noah show expressed her thoughts on certain issues including being a feminist and feminine, Hillary Clinton’s bio and her book, “Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions”. However, what attracted Nigerian’s attention was her view on chivalry.
“I think just like holding the door shouldn’t be gender because we should open the door for every one. I hold the door for men and women. I think the idea of sort of holding the door for a woman because she is a woman, I have trouble with, I’m quite happy for people to hold the door for me i hope they are not doing for the sort of idea of chivalry because chivalry is the idea of women are somehow weak and need protecting but we know that there many women who are stronger than men”
This statement has generated rather interesting opinions on the topic:
I idolize Chimamanda’s literary legacy but I don’t quite agree with some of her social beliefs. I find them rather extreme and somewhat off target.
— ₩onder₩oman ⓭ (@NonyeBiko) June 7, 2018
Chimamanda is the Queen of starting conversations that challenge societal norms. Arouses your mind to reconsider the things you were born to uphold without question.
— Baba Folarin (@That_IjebuBadoo) June 7, 2018
Chimamanda needs to go to a corner and be quiet. Very soon she’ll have a problem with the “man” part of her name.
— Ego Oyibo 💷💷 💵💵 (@So_phynee) June 7, 2018
Why are a lot of Nigerian men always critical of Chimamanda? I don’t agree with all her views, but just let her be. Offer your own opinions and let individuals decide what they want to do. Chimamanda deserves more respect.
— Dr. Dipo Awojide (@OgbeniDipo) June 7, 2018
— Kelvin Odanz (@KelvinOdanz) June 7, 2018
Love how Chimamanda triggers all of these conversations whenever she interviews.
— Ebuka Obi-Uchendu (@Ebuka) June 7, 2018
Niggas Chimamanda might just be on our side and we don’t even know…..lately…her standards are getting tougher for our sisters in the Lord. 🤣🤣🤦🏽♂️
— Ferdinand (@Burmese_Tyga) June 7, 2018
All Chimamanda is saying is: Hold or open doors because you want to, because it makes you feel good. Not because you’re opening it for a woman, and just because she’s a woman, you need to open the door for her.
Is that so difficult to understand?
— OD (@onuohadave) June 7, 2018
I really want to know what Chimamanda thinks about women who take maternity leaves
— jindu (@Prodr3amer) June 7, 2018
In order to disagree with Chimamanda’s opinion, you have to disagree with what she’s actually saying, not what you think she’s meant based on ur comprehension skills. Ask someone what it means if you’re not sure, don’t be joining band wagon up and down
— Eric Okafor (@KneWKeeD) June 7, 2018
Until she changes her name to ‘ChimaWomanda’ before I take her serious. pic.twitter.com/XfhyC7tpGr
— Taofeek Oseni (@HEAD_MASTA) June 7, 2018
God bless chimamanda.. no need to pay bride price again, except you are getting married to a handicap or sick person 😂😂😂
— 🇳🇬 A man has no name 😇 (@ojo_shevexy01) June 7, 2018
Some of you need to put your hand on your copy of Half of a Yellow Sun, take a deep breath and say ‘Chimamanda can be wrong.’
It’s not a sacrilege.
It won’t prevent Kainene from coming back.
— Somi (@somiscellany) June 7, 2018
It only takes an open-minded person to understand chimamanda and that woman is anything but definitely not insecure 💣.
— 💕 (@hosi_queen) June 7, 2018
What do you think?