Anachronism, that’s mouthful I think.
The first time I sat by someone reading the Sun, UK newspaper and noticed a naked lady, I was taken back thinking I had thought women were more respected in this part of the world than my home. It becomes especially demoralising when men are presented differently, mostly in more mature and responsible light. Well, if some people decided it was fun to have naked women in the newspaper, I suppose it’s only fair if we have naked men too – free world.
It didn’t take long before I realised gender inequality affect women the world over, women have for centuries being the butt of all jokes – long journey it has been.
Things are changing rapidly with quality education available to both genders, improvement are made in many important ways, still long way to go.
It is commendable that at last page three of The Sun has become subject of serious discussions, in time it will be taking out completely or more fun would be men portrayed in similar manner side by side.
Apart from obvious condescending attitude towards women in Nigeria. The one that I found demeaning was women of all ages being accused of witchcraft, this happens a lot across the country except for the Hausas, probably because of religion.
The idea here is not about whether or not witchcraft existed, rather it is to allow us to question the glorification that Nigerians give to it by associating all that did not go well to be the work of village witches, which often in time is another attack on hard work mothers.
This has in significant ways damaging as often times, the culprits is staring in our faces but we were preoccupied with blaming the ‘concept’ that can not be held responsible.
Given more than half of Nigeria population lived in rural areas and are usually the least educated, they are the most accused of witchcraft for all that is not right.
I believe if compulsory primary school education to the world standard is enforced, school leavers will be able to read and comprehend ideas as well as to allow oneself to question those that did not match up to the reality of day-to-day events.
It is incredible to know that epileptic disorder (warapa) that many associate to be another witch spell is actually brain disorder.
Many more unbelievable misfortune are wrongly associated with witches, the result is that we end up running in circles looking for answer in wrong places and one more reason women should not be trusted with making important decisions.
A young man killed his own mother in a gruelling attack somewhere in the east last year on the ground that she was the one responsible for all his misfortune of not having a job after school. The young man was blinded to he fact that he was not alone that millions of Nigerians are in the same shoes.
Unfortunately, we do have women like Lady Apostle Helen Ukpabio, the founder of Liberty Foundation Gospel Ministries in Nigeria whose speciality is to promote lies. Undercover from the UK revealed what can only be described as child abuse. Apostle Helen is only one out of many witch hunters in Nigeria, there are hundreds of them around.
Witch-hunting on vulnerable citizens only shows ignorant of the people. This is our own attitude that belongs in a different era and has no place in modern time.