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.
They will indeed die there, Genevieve is one of the most unapologetic no fucks to give women doing her own thing and living her best life. She is happy and fabulous and RICH. Stay mad! https://t.co/js4EHcbyx5
— Ozzy Etomi (@ozzyetomi) July 27, 2020
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.
Some of you men are idiots, you dont like kiki and her covens type of feminism, you still dont like genevieve’s kind of feminism that talks equality, LOL. Better be honest una just like women wey go dey clean una yansh.
— Fatimehin Dare (@MrFatimehin) July 27, 2020
Genevieve is rich & famous and also a single mother….
If you want to support her own ideology, better be rich, famous and also not housed by a man…..
If you are happily married, you make some sacrifices, 'not all about what you want but what is right…'
— Oba'Dafidi (@simplypadijesu) July 27, 2020
Genevieve saying every woman has the Rights to her own choices is very correct and no one is disputing that.
But please watch this video and hear this woman's story.
"Feminism is a scam it kept me unmarried for 55 years" pic.twitter.com/TNkjcBeplo
— Nobel The Indaboski ❄🇳🇬 (@vhic3adibe) July 27, 2020
I dont know why Genevieve Nnaji will say that her Version of feminism is basic Human rights; to be able to do what she wants whenever she wants to.
And you are in the comments shouting "that is why u are a mother & umarried for over 20years"
Are u deranged or mentally retarded?
— Igbolord (@Chike____) July 27, 2020
As much as we'll accept the fact that some witches are changing the true definition of feminism to support their evil agenda, I think Genevieve did no harm here.
These men here are just foolish, selfish, & very archaic. https://t.co/RsSZAK4t0i
— Lamide.Black® (@lamide_black) July 27, 2020
I hope you guys see it now. Imagine being deterred by the "you're a misandrist" and "you're just bitter and hate men" brigade when the truth is they know exactly what you're fighting for and they don't want it. All Genevieve said is "I want to make my own choices" and look… https://t.co/bHY5MWE5P3
— Gbogbo Wa Ma Gaia 🐝 (@EniafeMomodu) July 27, 2020
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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