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:
25 February 2020Accepted
28 June 2020Published Online
Uncontrolled Keywords: African feminism, digital feminism, hashtag activism, gender inequality, cyberfeminism
Subjects: CAH15 - social sciences > CAH15-01 - sociology, social policy and anthropology > CAH15-01-01 - social sciences (non-specific)
CAH24 - media, journalism and communications > CAH24-01 - media, journalism and communications > CAH24-01-05 - media studies
CAH19 - language and area studies > CAH19-04 - languages and area studies > CAH19-04-07 - African and modern Middle Eastern studies
Divisions: Faculty of Arts, Design and Media > Birmingham School of Media
Depositing User: Oluyemisi Akinbobola
Date Deposited: 27 Feb 2020 13:37
Last Modified: 20 Mar 2023 16:17

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