Defining African Feminism(s) while #BeingFemaleinNigeria

Akinbobola, Yemisi (2020) Defining African Feminism(s) while #BeingFemaleinNigeria. African Diaspora. ISSN 1872-5457

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In 2015, a reading group in Abuja, Nigeria, started the hashtag #BeingFemaleinNigeria, which received widespread attention. Within the confines of 140 characters, Nigerian women and men shared stories of gender inequality, sexism and misogyny in the country. Using discourse analysis, this article unpacks the tweets under the #BeingFemaleinNigeria hashtag, and teases out what they tell us about gender inequality in Nigeria, and the ambitions for emancipation. This article takes the stance that African feminism(s) exist, that empirical study of lived experiences of African women should define it, and not the postcolonial standpoint that rejects and argues that, feminism comes from the other. Therefore, this empirical research contributes to scholarship that seeks to define the characteristics of African feminism(s), particularly as the field is criticised for being over theorised (Lewis, 2001; Kolawole, 2002; Naemeka, 2004; Mekgwe, 2008; Akin-Aina, 2011; Naidu, 2013).

Item Type: Article
Identification Number:
Date: 28 June 2020
Uncontrolled Keywords: African feminism, digital feminism, hashtag activism, gender inequality, cyberfeminism
Subjects: L900 Others in Social studies
P300 Media studies
T500 African studies
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Centre for Media and Cultural Research
Depositing User: Oluyemisi Akinbobola
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2020 13:37
Last Modified: 02 Jul 2020 08:39

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