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Friday, 17 March 2017

More reactions trail Chimamanda Adichie's comment about transgender women even after she makes clarification

Over the weekend there was quite an uproar following acclaimed Writer Chimamanda Adichie's interview with Channel 4 News. During the interview, the outspoken feminist when asked if a transgender woman was "any less of a real woman", she replied: "trans women are trans women."

Her statement was taken out of context and a lot of people attacked, one of whom was Nigerian-born Transgender, Miss Sahhara.


In an interview with BBC, Miss Sahhara who lives in the UK revealed the reason for her anger. She said that Chimamnda's statement undermines the trans community's fight for equality.

"We are fighting for equality and yet you say other women are not equal because you don't feel comfortable with who they are or who they used to be," She told BBC.

Though living abroad for the past 13 years, Miss Sahhara said she's been in close contact with the LGBT community in Africa. They keep in touch online which she said is the lifeline for the transgender community in Africa who are subjected to living in secret.

"I've had transgender women from South Africa get in touch with me and ask what hormones I recommend or women from Nigeria saying 'listen sister, a friend of mine has been locked up, can you raise awareness online?'."

"They communicate with me on my Facebook page, or secretly through private digital groups I refer them to," she told BBC.

However, not everyone in the LGBT community disagrees totally with Chimamanda's statement. Mike Daemon (not his real name) is one of such. Daemon runs an LGBT advocacy website called No Strings Nigeria and he said Adichie was being realistic in her statement and that trans women and biologically born women have "different journeys". He acknowledged that the issue Chimamanda had to speak on was indeed complex.

He also revealed to BBC Trending that the Transgender community have their secret online groups that help them cope with being trans in conservative Africa.

"Africa's transgender women rely on a secret digital life involving Whatsapp groups and closed Facebook groups," he said. "People are added through referrals and recommendations when they are trusted."

Meanwhile, Ms. Adichie has since clarified her statement and revealed it was misunderstood.

"I think the impulse to say that trans women are just like women born female comes from a need to make trans issues mainstream. Because by making them mainstream, we might reduce the many oppressions they experience. But it feels disingenuous to me. The intent is a good one but the strategy feels untrue. Diversity does not have to mean division," she wrote on her Facebook page.

17 comments:

NaijaDeltaBabe said...

Before nko ?Are they women?


... Merited happiness

BONARIO NNAGS said...

Oga goan and have several seats.
Frog forming chorister.
You're a man not a woman, deal with it.



. ~BONARIO~says so via NOKIA LUMIA

abena golden said...

Confused people. How do you classify yourself a real or total woman when you are indeed born a man. And why blame Ms Adichie for your misfortune after she clarified what she meant. Fear and insecurity?

Ogechikanma said...

Dont see anything wrong with what she said.

christie benjamin said...

With all d noise they're making they're still what they're which is trannies!! Real women knows themselves....while Cait and co knows they're trans women....#fuckoffman

Anonymous said...

Linda she is Mrs not Ms. BTW all these transgender should know DAT there is a difference. If u were born a female den u are a woman but if u transformed from male to female then u are neither male or female rather ur prefix must have trans then gender TRANSGENDER. THAT MEANS U BELONG TO NONE RATHER A transformed gender.

Anonymous said...

These guys keep quoting Chimamanda out of context. Guess it's b'cos the surgeries they undergo & hormonal suppliments they consume in their trans journey usually affect their brains. To me it's jst a confused gender. They've chosing to be neither males nor females. Jst hanging on the fence.

Anonymous said...

She is Ms. because it's her maiden name.

Mrs CJ said...

Lol
Feel the burnnñ

kisbykay (Travelling Agency) said...

A trans is a trans period.

Vivian Reginalds said...

yeye
-D great anonymous now as Vivian Reginalds

Anonymous said...

Clifford na person? He is a confused man. I think say na normal people dey talk, I no no say na this confused man mtchewww.

Anonymous said...

Clifford na person? He is a confused man. I think say na normal people dey talk, I no no say na this confused man mtchewww.

Anonymous said...

this is what the culture of permisiveness causes. In the past (70s) these so called lgbt were classed as mentally unstable persons all over europe. Now they want to force everyone to promote nonsense

Nkem4eva said...

Biko these confused people should leave Chimamanda alone. If you were not born a woman you are not a woman simple. Which other English should be used to explain it? Very soon cats will decide that they are no more cats but tigers or even dogs. She shouldn't bother explaining to anyone who doesn't have a brain to understand.

Anonymous said...

A trans~female I'll never fuck. That should tell you weirdos you are not women. Useless & shameless.

nony bright said...

Are they mental!?

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