As expected, comments are beginning to trail the Ooni of Ife’s Wife, Olori Wuraola Ogunwusi’s comments on Gender Equality.

According to her Majesty: “I am not a huge fan of Gender equality,” “We can’t be equal, We can’t be men. We have our roles to play here, a very pivotal one.”

An Instagram user, Diaryofanaijagirl has shared an open letter in response to the Olori’s comments on the issue which many women hold dear to their hearts.

She wrote:

”Dear Olori, The reason you can hold a microphone and speak in public rather than at the backyard of the palace cooking jollof rice while your husband travels the world, is because of women like you who fought for us to live life and enjoy it equally like anyone else

Please see below a summary of what the fight for gender equality is about: ..
**If I work for 3 hours and a man works for 3 hours, we both deserve to get paid the same
**A woman can now decide that, Marriage shall mean Partnership, Friendship, companionship as well as Passion; not slavery
**I am not better, wiser, stronger, more intelligent, or more responsible than a man. Likewise, I am never less
**If a man’s virginity cannot be tested on the wedding night, mine shouldn’t be tested as well
**Because my husband has authority in my home does not make me inferior. We are both equal in essence and worth. Our responsibilities are just different
**It means that my character/behaviour is solely guided by my principles not by society’s expectation of how I “should” behave
**It means that I can wear a crown too! Ask Queen Elizabeth
Your Royal Highness, do not be deceived, your belief in this revolution has absolutely no bearing in its movement. Stand tall, behind the king, watch as more women understand this concept, watch as they break the glass ceiling, reaching straight for the moon… and beyond…in their Louboutins”

Nollywood actress, Uche Jumbo, also shared her thoughts on Instagram:

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”Let’s be clear #ujlovers Gender roles/ responsibilities and gender equality are different things, the fact that some people think / believe there are the same is why#genderequalitybill didn’t go through#Nigeriansenate.
With or without the bill there are women (which i am one of) that will succeed regardless but the equity fight is NOT about this group. Its about that uneducated woman in her village thinking her life is over because she has ‘only’ girls…its about that little girl understanding ‘working twice as hard because she’s a girl’ …is a goal not her only option … i should know i am an Abiriba girl, was told  thousand things i can’t DO because i am a girl…(.? look where we are NOW empowering men and women)
Learn more about gender equity guidelines for free online.? FYI let’s not mistake gender roles for gender equality. I believe she was clearly talking about roles / responsibilities as a woman hence my repost about learning the right meaning of Gender equality.”

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