In an interview with JSTOR Daily, Nigerian author and feminist, Chimamanda Adichie, recalls about her childhood and how she came to be a feminist.
“I didn’t become a feminist because I read anything Western or African. I became a feminist because I was born in Nigeria and I observed the world. And it was clear to me, very early on, that women and men were not treated the same way; that women were treated unfairly, just because they were women.”
In response to people who say that feminism is un-African, Chimamanda stated that most people say this because Western feminism is the most documented, the most known-about, and so is seen as the only kind of feminism.
“The people will say, “Well Africa doesn’t support feminism because African culture says that the man is superior.” What I find interesting is that actually, it’s global culture that says the man is superior. It’s everywhere in the world. Culture is never static. The places where women were considered property some years ago, now, women are not considered property. So, things change.”
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