Popular singer, Bankole Wellington, popularly known as Banky W has reacted to the anti-chivalry statement credited to Nigerian author, Chimamanda Adichie.
Adichie, while on the American daily Trevor Noah show on Thursday spoke against the courtesy of men opening doors for women, saying it was an act of chivalry because women were perceived as dependent and weaker sex.
The popular feminist also rebuked the practice of aiding women and children first in a crisis situation, as opposed to taking care of who needs help regardless of sex.
However, Banky W on his Instagram page joined other Nigerians on social media in criticising Adichie’s statements which has generated controversy online.
He wrote, “Chivalry is done not because women are a weaker sex, but because some of us want to be gentlemanly and romantic. “Apparently, this is not ok to her, but to me, this is just reaching.
“I’m sorry but this is now getting a little ridiculous. To each his/her own, I guess”.
Here are other comments gathered by DAILY POST from Twitter:
@Thefavouredwoman “Chimamanda Adichie is a really good writer but her foray into political commentary is showing her up.
“Brilliance in one field doesn’t mean brilliance in everything.Even in feminist discourse, she’s sometimes missed the mark but we onlook.
@Real-bella “Chimamanda Adichie said something very simple but trust Nigerians to twist things. She said opening of door should not be gender based. Hold the door for any one, irrespective of their gender.”
@DrJoeAbah tweeted, “Life would be so much easier if people just said what they want and what they don’t want.
“If Chiamaka wants me to hold a door open for her because she’s a lady, I will. If Chimamanda doesn’t want me to hold open a door for her because she’s a lady, I won’t. Kini big deal?”
@WebdesignerVon “Chimamanda Adichie always prove my point as to how lost Feminism have been for half a decade now. “Yes, it’s good to fight to eradicate the problems facing women. No, “opening doors for women” and “having wife in your bio” is not and will never be a part of that problem.”
@Chideyofficial1 “All my Nigerian men, we are going on door and generator strike. Don’t open doors or start generators for any woman.
“This strike is brought to you, courtesy of your WCW Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Don’t thank me, thank God.”
@DamiElebe said, “Why are these ones not taking what Chimamanda said as “be kind to everyone”?
“Why have you chosen to interpret it as “be kind to no one”? Does this mean you really, truly are only kind to women? Why is that? Why are you so upset?”.
@iSlimfit wrote, “The day I will respect and take Chimamanda’s opinions seriously is when she opens her mouth to say. I find it offensive when a man pays a woman’s bride price. Women are invaluable and no man should ever try such again.”
@UtdFan4 said, “According to Chimamanda, women should be encouraged to carry bags of cement when pregnant so they don’t appear weak.”
@Onuohadave tweeted, “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?.
@OvieO, “In the world of Chimamanda, if it’s raining, and you have an umbrella, but a lady you’re with doesn’t have one, you really don’t have to cover her or let her have it. Doing so makes the lady seem “weaker”