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Foremost Novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has stated that the harsh criticisms being faced by Nigeria’s former minister of Petroleum, Diezani Allison Madueke, from Nigerians over her corruption trial is because she is a ‘woman’.

Adichie believes that if Madueke was a man she wouldn’t face this much ridicule from Nigerians. She says that Diezani’s case would not be capitalised on if she was a man because stealing money was normal for Nigerian politicians. Speaking at the University of Edinburgh recently, Adichie said;

“We shouldn’t assume, that because a person is born a woman, that person is somehow is just one step lower than an angel.

I find it quite dehumanizing for women because what is means is that women cannot be judged on the same terms as men.



I remember once a politician in Nigeria who was a woman had stolen money which is an exercise most Nigerian politicians are very adept at. she was pilloried, I remember a journalist saying and she’ s a woman.

Somehow the assumption was it will be better if she was a man because then Nigerians would not judge her harshly since we expect men to steal.

I think the idea of women being another specie of angel is bad for both women and men because it makes the standards uneven. I dream of a world in which women are seen as women where women are allowed to be many things.”

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  1. Jalungi

    September 22, 2017 at 2:51 pm

    You got it wrong, you educated illitrate and you will never got it bcos of your myopic thinking. I believe even the driking maSter (GEJ) is still wondering how she manage to still that much……

  2. Four

    September 23, 2017 at 5:22 am

    You are absolutely right! In our psyche, we don’t EXPECT that a woman should steal at all. We know women are more compassionate, more tender at heart because they are mothers. When we hear that she has siphoned so much money, even more than the best, it makes everyone, both male and female, FLABBERGASTED!
    But you are right CNA, it is disturbing to KNOW that if Diezani was a man, she would probably have been walking about FREELY in Nigeria, without a care in the world. Summarily, it’s a MAN’S world, YEAH???

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