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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Inspires the Top Twitter Trend in Nigeria: #BeingFemaleInNigeria

AmericanahWe Should All Be FeministsA small book club based in Abuja, Nigeria, started using the hashtag #BeingFemaleInNigeria encouraging people to point out the everyday discrimination in Nigeria.

The book club was reading Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s book We Should All Be Feminists. It inspired them to find a way to speak out about discriminatory gender mores in the country, and give others a platform to do the same.

The group was made up of only 10 women and five men, but within a few hours the hashtag was the top trending topic in Nigeria.

BuzzFeed spoke to Florence Warmate about what they wanted to achieve with the hashtag:

The book club of 10 women and 5–6 men had met on Sunday night to discuss their book of the month, but ended up sharing stories about how the women had been discriminated against, Warmate told BuzzFeed News in a phone interview.

“We all started discussing our experiences, and then we thought, ‘This should go to a wider group,’” she said, adding that the group then agreed to start tweeting with the hashtag #BeingFemaleInNigeria at midday on Tuesday. “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.”

View some of the #BeingFemaleInNigeria tweets on Twitter:



Watch the video that We Should All Be Feminists is based on:


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