I know it has been a while since I’ve been on here. I have been working on a small series about Nigerian women. I’m Nigerian, a Christian, working on being a grown woman, a creative with a head of curly hair that isn’t always cooperative and I love a good debate. I lived in Nigeria all my life till I moved to Canada for school. Every now and again when I meet people they ask if I’m Nigerian, you know “really” Nigerian. Sometimes I wonder what that means, what it means to be “really” Nigerian. What validates one person’s nationality over another. More than that, I wonder what it means to be a Nigerian female.
On the one hand being a female in Nigeria presents a host of patriarchal issues. There are more than enough people ready to tell you how you need to look and act and talk, where you can work, what you can be, when you should be married and how you should keep said marriage. With the host of do’s and don’t’s, sometimes we lose sight of how actual Nigerian women see themselves. This is why I decided to do this series; to remind myself and learn a little bit more about what it really means to be a Nigerian woman.
I found a few truly amazing women to share their stories with me and I will share those with you over the course of the next few weeks but before I do I thought I’d ring you in with this little introduction. Hope you enjoy!! 🙂