What Feminism Is to Me- Genevieve Nnaji

Genevieve Nnaji
Genevieve Nnaji on Feminism

Nollywood actress and industry veteran, Genevieve Nnaji has spoken about her own form of feminism and has stated that it takes on the form of humanism.

The actress, who recently had her movie, Lionheart, streamed on Netflix and made history as the first Nigerian with an original on the streaming giant, spoke at the London School of Economics Africa Summit and explained what her brand of feminism is.

According to her, she is staunchly of the belief that people should be able to live their lives in the way they choose and please.

She said: “I think my own feminism is just human rights. I am a human who has a right to having choices. I can do whatever I want, whenever I want. It’s just that simple. If I were a man, it will be the same thing. At the end of the day, I was born alone, I will die alone, I breathe alone, so I definitely have rights to how I want to live my life.”

Feminism has taken some heat recently especially on the social media website ‘Twitter’ where many have bashed feminists whom they deem to be a bit extreme with their views.

Genevieve has always identified as a feminist, stating in a 2018 interview with Women and Hollywood Magazine that she is proud to be one.

“I’m a proud feminist who embraces her femininity. I feel sometimes women are made to feel self-conscious and ashamed of their womanhood.” she said.

“Perhaps like “Wonder Woman,” we may wake up one day to discover that it is our superpower, and then we would be unstoppable.

“History has shown that in almost every situation where a group of people or a demographic is being oppressed, it’s usually because the oppressors are threatened by the potential of the oppressed to be great.

“I’m happy women all over the world are discovering their superpower and turning “why me?” into “not me.” she concluded.

Genevieve added that no one needs to tell her how to live. She also cracked a joke about how her mom and dad had tried to and how it didn’t work.

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