Written by Eromosele Patrick Eidusi
It was another experience for International Fashion name Lisa Folawiyo who aired her reservations with author of the Novel purple Hibiscus, which won the Commonwealth Writers Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Awards, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s famous speech “We should all be Feminists.”
Naturally, fans of the acclaimed writer did not let her get away with it.
The drama was set burning last night when Polo Avenue boss, Jennifer Obayuwana shared a snapshot of the TEDxEuston speech sampled by Beyonce for Flawless.
This is what Jennifer shared:
A lot of people agreed with Adichie, the Fashion Mogul, and Lisa Folawiyo asked if Adichie was sharing her personal story and passing such off as the general experience of girls all over the world.
Another commenter had her reservations, which was not in accordance with Lisa’s, saying that Adichie’s speech is not just about a personal story, but a familiar story many people could relate with.
Girls are raised to twist and shrink themselves so as to be accepted, while the men are raised as “princes” who do women the favour, the commenter said.
Lisa Followed with a disagreeing statement, saying that she, herself is a mother to both son and daughter and she doesn’t raise one to feel inferior while upholding the other:
At this point the conversation got lit!
Folks shared their personal experiences: Adichie was not talking fiction when she gave that ground breaking speech because she drew from the well of women’s experiences and sought to combat social, economic and political inequality that reduces the woman to just a fixture for the other’s pleasure.
It was at this point that Ms Folawiyo fled the conversation which is still ongoing.
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