According To Some Nigerian Men, Women Can’t Afford Cars


December 3, 2015
You’d think that, by now, it would be common knowledge that women can hold their own and take care of their businesses, without needing a man to do that for them. But then you see or hear certain thing that make go…
Facebook user, Tim Chukwunwogor shared the experience he had, while in a bus, on his way to work. The driver was chatting about the fuel price with the passenger in the front seat.

A woman seated behind them joined in on the conversation and what happened next shows how much more progress is needed in the fight for womens’ rights in the country.

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Well this morning, i saw a practical reason why women should be feminists.I was on this public transport heading to my…
Posted by Tim Chukwunwogor on Wednesday, November 18, 2015

According to Tim,

Well this morning, i saw a practical reason why women should be feminists. I was on this public transport heading to my place of work. The driver was lamenting on how the prevailing issue of fuel scarcity and the high cost of available ones in Nigeria affected him negatively. He also talked about how the issue has contributed to the hike of transport fares. It was meant to be an open discussion, the driver now said he buys petrol at 150 per litre, while the man at the passenger’s side of the front seat said tis sold at 140 per litre. Now the interesting part. A woman seating at the second row of the bus started supporting the driver that she also, buys fuel at 150. Next thing was that the man sitting at the front row started telling the woman that she wasn’t invited in the discussion, that she should backoff. What started as a harmless dicussion almost escalated into a scuffle, as the man right beside me started shuning the woman that she shouldn’t argue when elders are speaking. The woman was saying that she drives too, and and she’s talking out of personal experience. The man beside me started questioning the gods.. “who bought her the car she drives, what does she do for a living” The woman equally responded i load sands at the river banks for a living..lol. The man started ranting that a woman can’t do nothing without a man let alone buy a car. I was like Oga! This is not true. He started saying that women that drives earned the money from prostitution. Well i said to myself, “some people are in the Civilized Life and Stone Age Living. Meanwhile when the woman was speaking, she neither insulted the man at the frontseat nor treated him with disdain. As the frontrow man was judging her dressing. Me and one other guy were telling them she did nothing wrong. Others were mute at all point of the journey. The driver who started the discussion later kept mute leaving them at the ‘mercy seat’. The bus was on fire when i jumped out of the bus as i reached my bustop. Even when i was shouting “ka opuo” synonymous to the “Owa!” you shout in Lagos, the driver hardly heard my voice. As i was leaving the bus, i heard the man at the front row call her “Ajo Nwanyi” meaning Bad Woman. What amazed me was that the woman who is being called all these was reacting with smiles as she defended herself.

Why would a Nigerian man in 2015 assume a woman cannot afford a car without the help of a man?

Why would a Nigerian man assume that a woman with a car must have obtained the money from prostitution?

In 2015, do men still believe a woman should not speak when a man is talking?

Kudos to the lady for keeping her cool.

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