It’s no secret, I love Twitter. I enjoy cracking jokes about award shows and live tweeting Empire and Being Mary Jane. But I also love Twitter’s ability to shrink the world into a manageable community of interesting people from all over the world.

In addition to using the social network for fun, many also use it to amplify news the mainstream media overlooks, raise awareness about causes, build movements, and share experiences from their part of the world.

Yesterday, scores of Nigerian women took to Twitter to share what it’s really like to be a woman in the “Giant of Africa,” and what they had to say was eye-opening.

Like America, Nigeria is a patriarchal nation built upon the premise that men are natural leaders and women should fall in line behind them. But while we’ve made great strides toward women’s equality here in the states, our sisters in Nigeria continue to confront serious–and even life threatening–challenges when they attempt to climb the corporate ladder, or jist live their everyday lives.

Take a look.

Oto Okon and Chinedu Anarado, the women behind #BeingFemaleInNigeria, said the hashtag was inspired by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s book, We Should All be Feminists. After reading, the women wondered how they could continue the conversation, so they decided to spend their lunchtime tweeting about being female in Nigeria.

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While being a woman in Nigeria may still be a challenge, I’m hearted that so many young women and men are discussing the absurdity of sexism and its effects on society.

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  • constance

    I was just reading about the Chibok girls who were famously abducted last year and some of the locals claim that he girls have become suicide bombers, other girls who escaped but were still raped by Boko Haram members are now pregnant. I wish we could get more black Americans to care about Africa, already most Americans have moved on and the Chibok girls who were abducted are a distant memory.

  • This is an excellent article with a very important message. Gender oppression is found in Nigeria, America and throughout the world. Not only do progressive laws need to be established and discriminatory policies need to be eliminated. Society, as a whole, must change so any woman is treated as human beings. It is as simple as any person being treated as we would want to be treated (which is with dignity and with respect). When one Sister is oppressed, then we are all oppressed. Therefore, the diverse aspirations, hopes, and human creativity of women must be respected. Overt and covert sexism has no place in any society. We have to work at fighting for freedom. There will be bumps along the road towards justice, but we should never leave that road. The women talking about their experience are brave and we all send our Kudos to them.