Genevieve Nnaji’s brand of feminism shouldn’t offend anyone, but here we are

Genevieve Nnaji

Nollywood star actress and producer, Genevieve Nnaji has been a celebrity favourite for years now – from star appearances in Nollywood movies to her chic style in fashion, her social life (which many believe is well structured to soothe her class), and her Netflix footprint for Nigerians and Nollywood, Genevieve has been pegged as one of the most talked-about Nollywood actresses.

For many, Genevieve has become an icon that resonates with beauty, perfection, and power; the actress has successfully branded herself as a hero in the hearts of her many fans and followers. However, in a recent trend on Twitter, the hero may have won for herself some villains in her own story that explains her own version of feminism.

In a post from Guardian NG, Genevieve was quoted to have said: “My own feminism is just human rights. I’m a woman who has rights to her choices. I can do whatever I want whenever I want. It’s just that simple. If I were a man it would be the same thing.”

Now, as simple as that sounds, some Twitter users were livid to see such a statement as coming from the Nollywood hero, Genevieve Nnaji.

Some of the comments from the post suggest that the actress could think so because she has garnered power over the years as some also debated that another possible reason for her to hold such am opinion was because she was yet to be married.

The virality of the post created a turmoil on Twitter, as many people debated about feminism and the role many Nigerian celebrities are playing in pushing their ideas mainstream.

Genevieve’s ideas were quite welcomed as the basic meaning of feminism which some Twitter users expressed no harm with while a few others were keen to share that the whole concept of feminism is dangerous.

Nigerians as people, own certain standards rooted in the traditional roles of men and women which can not be interchanged. There are certain ideas and roles that are welcomed from a man which will be dismissed if they are coming from a woman; but in recent times, many people, men, and women alike are challenging these definitions and calling for equality for both genders.

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