Last year I read Chimamanda Adichie’s Half the Yellow Sun about the Nigerian Biafran war without really knowing anything about who she is. However, she’s got a bit of press after Beyonce sampled her ‘We should all be feminists’ TED talk. Don’t make the mistake in watching this of thinking that there’s one ‘African feminism’ – Nigeria and Tanzania are worlds away from each other in a range of different ways. But she is an African and she is a feminist, and she believes that those two things can cohere.
“Some people will say that a woman being subordinate to a man is our culture. But culture is constantly changing. I have beautiful twin nieces who are 15 and they live in Lagos. If they had been born a hundred years ago they would have been taken away and killed. Because it was our culture, it was our culture to kills twins.”
Tamie Davis is an Aussie living in Tanzania, writing at meetjesusatuni.com.