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Man reacts to Chimamanda’s speech on feminism, makes clarion call to Ladies

by Family Center

Following the speech of renown Nigerian-UK author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on feminism, an online user identified as Kayceenaz has made a clarion call to ladies, charging them about why they need to be exceptional.

In his article, Kayceenaz charged that women should give less attention to fashion and not be too carried away by marriage but to focus on making an impact.

He further reiterated that women and ladies should strive to leave their footprints in the sands of time. “Making your existence count is a product of re-prioritizing your priorities”.


Here is his full commentary and charge to women.

Going through one of the Groups on Whatsapp social network that I am fortunately a member of, yesterday evening, exposed me to the thought-provoking speech delivered by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a literary juggernaut, titled “Why We Should All Be Feminists,” in an event a few years ago. Reading each line was a voyage of discovery, as I was amazed the more by the wittiness of the author and her articulate redefinition of feminism.

A few days earlier, I came across a topic in a textbook bordering on feminism, which piqued my interest and was perceived as a means to enrich my-inquisitive-self on the much talked about feminist school of thought.

Without further ado, I immersed myself in it, hoping to be cured of my feminism ignorance. Feminism is not an uncommon word in the female sphere and this is not unrelated to its etymological reference to female folks.

This is becoming the case in the male sphere, too mainly because of the idea that it is diametrically opposed to status-quo and aimed at undermining the male folks. Whether feminism is valid or invalid is a topic for another day.

The focal point is the relentlessness of this woman of difficult virtue to carve a niche for herself and contribute meaningfully to the evolution of global thought amidst a society where priorities are being ill-defined. It is no breaking news that this misunderstanding of what a lady or woman should feed her attention on is a thorn in the skin of our socio-political well-being.

This sheds light on the crave for fashion, relationship/marriage, and money that is widespread among most ladies today.

Although all the aforementioned are worth having, problem creeps in when they become the be-all-and-end-all of most females’ consideration and dominate their scale of preference. The distance between what truly matters and themselves is so wide, and yet they remain unaware.

Sadly, it is a rarity to see Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s today in this part of the globe that are willing to break free from this ugly trend, enhance the society via their talents, and envision to leave their footprints in the sand of time; ladies that are committed to touching lives and exuding emulative virtues.

Making your existence count is a product of re-prioritizing your priorities. It entails calling yourself to order, re-evaluating your interests reflective in your actions, and weighing them on the scale of difference-making/purposefulness.

Brandishing your body shape or figure, clothes, relationship status, or material acquisition puts a very big question mark on your person, values, and inevitably the female agitation to be taken seriously summarized in feminism. Aligning yourself with the “happening babe” notion depresses, rather than impress. It depresses your spirit-man, self-esteem without you in the know and suppresses your potentials to a great extent.

However, Jane Goodall, a revered UN ambassador, said “You cannot get through a single day without having an impact on the world around you. What you do makes a difference, and you have to decide the kind of difference you want to make.” So become a lady or woman that her worth transcends her physique or ring on the finger. One that is appreciated due to the beauty of her intellect, character and not primarily the beauty of her body. A lady that growing kids, guys and ladies, men and women would look up to and come to value her values. A woman of substance and societal relevance that resonates hope to all. Would you become one? Yes? Make it happen.

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