By Ayodele Olofintuade
In June 2015, the Abuja-based Warmate Bookclub, inspired by Chimamanda Adichie’s feminist pamphlet, We Should All Be Feminists, started the hashtag #BeingFemaleinNigeria (Edoro, 2015). This not only focused on everyday sexism but also addressed norms, cultural beliefs and practices as well as government policies that have led to the oppression of women in all spheres of national life. According to Twitter Analytics (2015), within the first 19 minutes, 730 twitter users had tweeted at #BeingFemaleinNigeria 1,500 times. The tweets were predominantly from Nigerian women and a sprinkling of Nigerian men. This drew the attention of international media and before the end of the week-long “tweetivism”, several international news outlets had featured the story. By the first of July 2015, the hashtag had 54,000 tweets.
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