Nigerian celebrities expose sexism in the music and film industries

Nigerian celebrities have recently spoken out about sexism they have experienced, following the #NobodyLikeWoman Instagram trend started by multi-award winning singer Simi.

It provided a safe space for celebrities and other women to express their feelings about discrimination.

They tended to post black-and-white photos of themselves with the words of their detractors scrawled over them, such as “She’s a mother, she should stay at home,” or “Why is she going out at night if she’s not a prostitute?” and “How come you haven’t married yet?”

According to BBC reports Simi said she burst into tears as she scrolled through her social media feed and came across one of the hash-tagged posts.

It was about a woman who was mocked for having four Caesarean sections – when a baby is delivered through a surgical cut in the abdomen and womb.

People were perplexed as to why she couldn’t have a natural birth.

She described the remarks as “aggressive”: “‘She isn’t very good.’ Consider the possibility that she will never be able to have your children on her own. They had to perform a C-section on her, and she lost one of her children as a result.’ That’s incredibly upsetting.”

The 33-year-old singer said she wanted to start the campaign so women would realize they were “not alone” in their struggles; it coincided with the release of her new single Woman.

The flood of women who used the hashtag to share their experiences with sexism and discrimination in their careers and personal lives, on the other hand, was unexpected.

A photo of Simi with the caption, “How can she ask for that kind of money if she isn’t pregnant?” It all started with the paint on her back.

Simi, a well-known artist in Africa and beyond, said it summed up the sexism she had encountered in her own industry of Afro music.

At the start of her career, music executives – usually men – told her she needed to be “sexy” and provocative in order to succeed.

She brushed them off.

They were taken aback when she made it big anyway.

There were even people who refused to work with women because they believed they would be unable to function after having children or marrying, she explained.

She recalled one incident in which someone questioned why she charged such high prices for concert tickets while pregnant.

When asked who the perpetrator was, she said, “It was probably an agency.”

 

Source BBC
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