#BeingFemaleInNigeria Sparks A National Twitter Conversation

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s 'We Should All Be Feminists' inspires a national twitter discussion about #BeingFemaleinNigeria.

It all began on Tuesday, June 30, when Florence Warmate, a member of The Abuja book club put out a call to action. The group, comprised of 10 women and 5 men, had just finished reading and discussing Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s essay, We Should All Be Feminists--the published version of her famous TedTalk.

In her talk, Adichie remarks, "Some people will say a woman is subordinate to a man because it's our culture. But culture is constantly changing." The flood of tweets that came after Warmate launched the hashtag #BeingFemaleinNigeria, speaks to the frustration that people have with the patriarchal society that Adichie speaks of. Within a few hours, #BeingFemaleinNigeria was the top trending topic in the country.

“We all started discussing our experiences, and then we thought, ‘This should go to a wider group,’” Warmate told BuzzFeed News by phone yesterday. “If no one talks about it, it just escalates, and it becomes a normal thing that happens to everyone. So we wanted to spread this fire.”

In 140 characters or less, women and men alike reflected on the societal pressures and expectations placed on women, the normalization of domestic abuse, and the negative sentiments that exist towards educated women. The hashtag spread like rapid fire. Above, we look at #BeingFemaleInNigeria in 10 tweets.


7 Gengetone Acts You Need to Check Out

The streets speak gengetone: Kenya's gengetone sound is reverberating across East Africa and the world, get to know its main purveyors.

Sailors' "Wamlambez!"Wamlambez!" which roughly translates to "those who lick," is the cry the reverberated round the world, pushing the gengetone sound to the global stage. The response "wamnyonyez" roughly translates to "those who suck" and that should tell you all you need to know about the genre.

Known for its lewd lyrics and repetitive (often call and response) hooks, gengetone makes no apologies for belonging to the streets. First of all, most artists that create gengetone are grouped into bands with a few outliers like Zzero Sufuri riding solo. The songs themselves often feature a multiplicity of voices with screams and crowds coming through as ad libs, adding to this idea that this is definitely "outside" music.

Listening to Odi wa Muranga play with his vocal on the track "Thao" it's easy to think that this is the first, but gengetone fits snuggly in a history of sheng rap based on the kapuka style beat. Kapuka is onomatopoeically named, the beats have that repetitive drum-hat-drum skip that sounds like pu-ka-pu-ka-pu. Artists like Nonini were asking women to come over using this riff long before Ochungulo family told them to stay home if they aren't willing to give it up.

Here's seven gengetone groups worth listening to.

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