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#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.

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Interview: TOBi Is Making Unapologetic Soul Music

We talk to the Nigerian-Canadian artist about his latest project ELEMENTS, his creative process, mental health and more.

It's a big year for music, and in the midst of many good drops from the motherland and beyond, we caught up with Nigerian-Canadian singer/songwriter TOBi to discuss his recently released 10-track project ELEMENTS.

ELEMENTS is a fusion of old-school soul, contemporary rap sequences, clever lyrical symbols & metaphors. and melancholic vibes which reference TOBi's Nigerian heritage through afrobeats, the reality of his life and the state of the world today. The compilation features production from Nigerian producer Juls on "Dollas and Cents" and "Made Me Everything and Shine."

Below, we also discuss his creative process and passion for mental health with the announcement of an exciting collaboration. "I'm attracted and curious about so many things in life that I can't help but bring [them] into my world and craft," the multi-genre artist says.

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