The Most Important Piece on Nigerian Feminism

This may be the most important piece on Nigerian feminism, and it might rankle the author, Yemisi's, if I extend its importance to Universal feminism. She doesn't believe such exists, as argued somewhere in the piece. (This is not - NOT! a piece to savor Yemisi's devotion to well-crafted and spellbinding sentences. It's easy to figure she writes her prose with the temperament of a poet, and being omnipotent about the human condition).

The article challenges popular notions on feminism, dissecting its many contending and complimentary sides. It's contrarian as contrarian can be, particularly taking the agitation to the front door of evangelical and populist feminism, within a Nigerian reality. (There's a charming reference to Adichie and Beyoncé). Most telling is how it evokes the influence of civilization, filial relations and in fact social status in shaping the concept called feminism. Very curious and worth attending to.

If one can guess the political affiliation of a non-fiction writer from the writer's article, Yemisi, from this piece at least, might be a cross of a radical leftist with a bit of rightist extremities. No time to exhibit the political-correctness of a centrist.

But I believe the article suffers from an omission, perhaps deliberately. While stressing there can't be a universal definition of feminism (a point that might anger some close-minded evangelicals) but it should at least admit a universal agitation for an ideal in gender equality, as part of a human imperative. It also almost makes patriarchy look like an unfortunate recipient of females with too much time on their fist-y hands. Patriarchy is real and has been made stronger by the same social, filial and, if we may add - civilization, factors that the writer believes give credence (or confusion) to the new wave of feminism. To ignore patriarchal motions is an unforgivable negligence and a terrible risk. And holding matriarchy to a sole responsibility is as sweeping as sweeping generalization can be.

Again, this is an important addition to the discourse on feminism, or put in another words, an important addition to moving our society to a civil level of gender equality, (or maybe impossibility). With pieces like this, maybe Nigeria is enjoying an intellectual growth than one may admit.

Just like I did, I'd say to you, my friends, pull a chair, ignore the popcorn, put your phone on airplane mode and witness the dissecting of Nigerian feminism and its many nuances. (And try not to laugh when you get to the generator and tree doctor references).

- Sister Outsider by Yemisi Ogbe