This week, controversial Nigerian author and renowned feminist Chimamanda Adichie was a guest on The Daily Show with Trevor Noah.
During their conversation, Chimamanda said that acts such as holding the door should not be regarded as chilvarous because they suggest that women are weak. Watch the video below.
Chimamanda dropping gems all day everyday. pic.twitter.com/81X39KiNvt
— Eric Okafor (@KneWKeeD) June 7, 2018
Chimamanda needs to go to a corner and be quiet. Very soon she’ll have a problem with the “man” part of her name.
— Ego Billions 💷💷 💵💵 (@So_phynee) June 7, 2018
I really want to know what Chimamanda thinks about women who take maternity leaves
— JINDU.exe (@Prodr3amer) June 7, 2018
Love how Chimamanda triggers all of these conversations whenever she interviews.
— Ebuka Obi-Uchendu (@Ebuka) June 7, 2018
Chimamanda will articulate the most basic concepts of feminism and you guys call her radical and want to damn near tear your shirts. Do you people really have sense or is there something wrong?
— Scosco (@_scosco) June 7, 2018
Incase you didn't get her message
All Chimamanda is saying is: Hold or open doors because you want to, because it makes you feel good. Not because you're opening it for a woman, and just because she's a woman, you need to open the door for her.
Is that so difficult to understand?
— YouTube: Iyinmama ™️ (@TheJiggvle) June 7, 2018
In order to disagree with Chimamanda's opinion, you have to disagree with what she's actually saying, not what you think she's meant based on ur comprehension skills. Ask someone what it means if you're not sure, don't be joining band wagon up and down
— Eric Okafor (@KneWKeeD) June 7, 2018
God bless chimamanda.. no need to pay bride price again, except you are getting married to a handicap or sick person 😂😂😂
— Ojo Oluwasegun (@ojo_shevexy01) June 7, 2018
I don’t like putting mouth in all these Chimamanda gist but I need to sound this clearly 🔊
Whether we are dating, loving, hating, playing...whatever, please be opening door for me. I’m begging you.
If that’s the criteria for being weak, I gree. I WEAK well well. Thank you
— Elsie Godwin (@ELSiEiSY) June 7, 2018
According to Chimamanda, Jack just died for nothing in Titanic. 😊
— Babanla (@biolakazeem) June 7, 2018
Read more reactions here and below for other trending topics on social media this week.
President Buhari honours the late MKO Abiola
Henceforth, Democracy Day in Nigeria will no longer be celebrated on May 29 but on June 12, the day the 1993 election was cancelled, denying the late MKO Abiola his victory. Read the press release below.
Dear Nigerians, I am delighted to announce that, after due consultations, the Federal Govt has decided that henceforth, June 12 will be celebrated as Democracy Day.
We have also decided to award posthumously the highest Honour in the land, GCFR, to the late Chief MKO Abiola. pic.twitter.com/VyYftmvWKA
— Muhammadu Buhari (@MBuhari) June 6, 2018
Here's how Nigerians reacted
Thank you PMB
I commend @MBuhari for announcing June 12th as our new Democracy Day. This is long overdue and I am pleasantly surprised.I also commend him for honoring Chief MKO Abiola, the winner of the June 12th 1993 presidential election, with the posthumus award of GCON.This is great news!
— Femi Fani-Kayode (@realFFK) June 6, 2018
With the stroke of his pen
- IBB annulled MKO's election victory
- Abacha jailed him for demanding his mandate
- Abdulsalami could have given him back his mandate
- OBJ could have declared #June12 as democracy day
— Yinka Chukwuemeka Ogunnubi (@yinkanubi) June 6, 2018
Buhari was elected March 2015. We had Democracy Day May 29, 2015. He was silent June 12, 2015, silent June12, 2016, silent June12, 2017. On June 12, 2018, few months to elections, he suddenly remembers Abiola, Gani and annulment of "freest and fairest election. Nigerians think!
— Jackson Ude (@jacksonpbn) June 6, 2018
Suddenly, they realise #June12 should be a public holiday😂😂😂
Yoruba people, wake up o. It's a gimmick for you to vote for them. Don't say you weren't warned o
— Spicy 😊 (@_Bisolah__) June 6, 2018
What if Buhari actually move Democracy Day to June 12 so as to have 14days more in Power in case He lose 2019 Election? pic.twitter.com/tbhLnEga2e
— Genius Joker NGNO 🇳🇬🇳🇴 (@GeniusJokerNG) June 7, 2018
The interesting this about Buhari declaring June 12 as democracy day is that some people who clamoured for it for years cannot celebrate it because they are now in PDP. Politics... Bloody hell!
— Oloye Akin Alabi (@akinalabi) June 7, 2018
This posthumous honour done to #MKOAbiola means that the Nigerian Govt at the highest level now acknowledges that there was a travesty of justice over #June12. Now that the victim is finally getting "justice", what happens to the perpetrators of the injustice? @MBuhari
— Remi Sonaiya (@oluremisonaiya) June 7, 2018
Nigeria is so tribal. Biafra war has been pinned as an Igbo issue. #June12 now Yoruba appeasement deal. No collective outrage. No collective pain. No common identity. This is shameful.
— The Rock (@Oke4chukwu) June 7, 2018
A trip down memory lane #June12
— Jubril A. Gawat (@Mr_JAGs) June 7, 2018
— Jubril A. Gawat (@Mr_JAGs) June 7, 2018
MKO Abiola bankrolled several Coups.
Just putting this out there 😊😊😊
— The Agendist (@oddy4real) June 7, 2018
You're probably wondering when Techpoint Inspired 2019 would hold; May 29 or June 12? Stay tuned.
This is Nigeria: The controversy
Remember Falz's This is Nigeria video from last week's roundup? Well, it continues to trend this week because an Islamic group, the Muslim Rights Concern (MURIC) gave the rapper seven days -- starting from June 5 -- to withdraw the video and apologise for using girls wearing hijab in it or face legal action.
— TheCable (@thecableng) June 5, 2018
Falz's management responds;
— Premium Times (@PremiumTimesng) June 5, 2018
Falz' THIS IS NIGERIA Video has definitely hit the right spot and gained nation/worldwide recognition and they're all fighting themselves 😂
MURIC is now asking him to take it down or face the Law 😂.
When falz and his whole family eat and bathe the LAW 😂
— XTRA DIDI✨ (@thic_didi) June 5, 2018
So MURIC is threatening Falz with "legal action".
Falz, who himself, is a certified lawyer, has a Law jagaban as a father, and mother is also a lawyer...
This is going to be interesting 😂😂😂😂 pic.twitter.com/05Ayz25phR
— Obong 👑 (@EmperorWandy) June 5, 2018
This Falz saga is nothing short of political.
Someone somewhere isn't doing their job, and felt insulted by all facts laid out by Falz.
There are no political grounds to take it up so they need a pawn for their dirty job.
Boom, MURIC pic.twitter.com/dgjHD7MV5u
— Sarkin Bariki (@llsteve20) June 7, 2018
Sue Falz ke? That is by far the Dumbest move anyone can think of doing. Falz is a Lawyer, His mother is a Lawyer, His father infact, his father alone na Legal Institution, then you now want to Sue him. No be only Sue, it's Suya. I'm tired of Stupidity.
— Ric Hassani (@RicHassani) June 5, 2018
I give MURIC 7 hours to withdraw their threat against Falz or we ask Falz for a remix
— Dehkunle Of Africa 💧🐐🔺 (@Dehkunle) June 5, 2018
How do you expect one man to fight a whole religion and you think he will win ? Do people think at all ? He should just say sorry and stop proving to be right
— 7rabs blog (@7rabs) June 5, 2018
I still don't understand the relationship between chibok girls and shaku dance..
It doesn't relate..
From the first time I saw the video, I just couldn't agree with Hijab dancing girls..
Dancing shaku with hijab !!!!.. That's nonsense..
— SCRIPTON (@PrinceAdeyeyeMO) June 6, 2018
— WNDXL (@Wande_SHO) June 5, 2018
Islam is all about peace. If MURIC strongly believes Falz is wrong, they should talk to him in a civilize way and resolve it like civilize people. Dragging him to court will give many the wrong impression about Islam.
— Adijah 💵💷💶 (@deeejerh) June 6, 2018
Falz passed a very good message with his #ThisisNigeria video.
Of course individuals or groups can get angry, dissatisfied and criticise him. MURIC did. I’d be more interested in MURIC’s criticisms of the endless killings in Benue, Zamfara, Taraba etc and brutality by SARS.
— Dr Dípò Awójídé (@OgbeniDipo) June 6, 2018
MURIC is blind to see bokoharam
MURIC is blind to see herdsmen
MURIC is blind to see looters
MURIC is blind to see a 60 year old man with 4 wives marrying a 11 year old child
MURIC is blind to see all that
But they have eyes to see Falz #ThisIsNigeria video.
Blindness fall on U
— GodVibe (@charlesdcypher) June 6, 2018
Read the replies under this tweet;
Let’s be very frank please. I need the attention of my Muslim brothers and sisters on this one.
If #ThisIsNigeria video by Falz felt like an assault on your self-dignity as a Muslim, please reply this tweet and explain.
And if NOT, pls RT. pic.twitter.com/xVkUFK38rV
— Elsie Godwin (@ELSiEiSY) June 5, 2018
Trying times for shisha smokers in Nigeria
This week, news of the federal government's call for the arrest of shisha smokers in Nigeria circulated social media.
The Miniter of Health, Professor Isaac Adewole gave this directive to the police on Monday at a press conference in Abuja to mark the 2018 World No Tobacco Day.
— SIGNAL News Global (@thesignalng) June 5, 2018
Here's how Nigerians reacted
“FG orders police to arrest shisha smokers” you know what?! I’m tired.
— Tio Tequila (@adekunleGOLD) June 6, 2018
Imagine being locked up for taking shisha by a cigarette smoker 😂😂😂
— Coco (@azzad_) June 5, 2018
Under what law is Shisha smoking illegal? https://t.co/UdHFBle9G2
— Texcobar Caesar (@TexTheLaw) June 5, 2018
Shisha is about to be banned, that’s nice, it will reduce fuel price, Create jobs and everybody will be happy.. 👏
— Ishan Michaels (@Onflood_) June 6, 2018
Great news!!!! With all the problems we are facing In this country.. Our FG decides to tackle the number one problem... Smoking of shisha in public 😅😅
— DR Frank (@JJscatter) June 5, 2018
With all the unsolved issues in Nigeria, our FG decides Shisha ban is their priority, what a shame 🤦♂️
— seun (@seunmanuell) June 5, 2018
how is shisha illegal and cigarettes arent. I doubt any government decision ever stems from genuine concern for the public
— GDH 👑 (@HenshawBlaZe) June 6, 2018
Just so you know;
'Oh but shisha is just water and flavour'
— Antwiwaa (@the_antwiwaa) May 31, 2018
Shisha is a glass-jar water-pipe in which fruit-flavored tobacco is roasted with charcoal. The tobacco smoke passes through a water chamber & inhaled via a pipe. According to the WHO, a regular shisha smoker is at equally risk as a cigarette smoker.
— FDAGhana (@fdaghana) June 2, 2018
Police: Saraki should respond to criminal allegations from confession of a bandit
NASS: we don't have confidence in leadership of the police
MURIC: Falz should shut down #thisisnigeria video or face lawsuit
Minister of Health: Kai is like everybody is high, Ban Shisha
— Obinna (@innocent_obi36) June 5, 2018
They’ve banned shisha. Some people won’t post on SC again😢😢😢.
— Ebezina (@LadyKyellz) June 5, 2018
So FG banned shisha!!! Buhari has just lost the vote of slay queens... pic.twitter.com/ax3IhdVlzZ
— Ikwerre Ninja 🥷 (@Ndxmzi) June 5, 2018
Read more here.