ccording to Chimamanda Adichie ‘every woman wey dem born for this world dey equal to every man’.
She further added ‘na the people wey no want make women equal na dem talk say feminist na person wey wan kill man and i no too get time for that kain argument because I want make we beging dey talk about real things’.
This is coming few weeks after the author said that Jesus Christ’s treatment of women is an important symbol for gender equality.
Chimamanda Adichie maintained that stories in the bible were rooted in particular cultures and the Jewish people at the time were patriarchal, however Jesus Christ’s treatment of women, was something new to the Jews. According to the Americanah author, this was symbolic and proves everyone is equal in the sight of God.
‘When you use the bible to justify what in my opinion is injustice, the problem with this is that, I want to then ask you, let’s talk about the new testament, let’s talk about Jesus Christ, because, in general, Christianity really is about the coming of Christ.
Now, let’s, actually look at the bible. And it’s important also when you, you know, you selectively pick things from the old testament.
If you actually go and read about the history of the bible, you’ll start to understand that the stories are rooted in particular cultures.
Now, look at Jesus and look at… let’s look at how Jesus treated women.
Jesus came from a society that was very patriarchal. The Jewish people at that time did not give any regard to women, like many cultures all over the world.
Jesus came, and suddenly Jesus is treating women as though they’re his equals. Jesus is talking to women. And the old-fashioned Jewish people were scandalized. Because they were like, how can you be giving women this kind of honor. But Jesus is making a point there.
When Jesus rises from the dead, the central message of Christianity is that Christ has risen. That’s the central message. That’s why Easter is really the most important part of Christianity.
When Christ first rises, who gets the message that he has risen?’ she said.