Controversial, Spotlight-hunting Nigerian author and feminist, Chimamanda Adichie, has once again courted controversy when she expressed her misgivings over some preferential treatments given to women.

Chimamanda also frowns at the idea of women and children being evacuated first in tragic or war situations despite statistics showing women and children are often the first victims of war.

In her home country, Nigeria, plagued with terrorism and civil unrest for over a decade, Amnesty International has decried the condition of women and children, where food are exchanged for sex and woman have complained of being raped by security operatives. Yet Chimamanda has turned a blind eye, selling an illusion that women who seldom bear arms in conflict should not be accorded priority protection and car on times of armed conflict and strife.

Adichie also spoke against men opening doors for women and tragedy aids given to women and children first because they are perceived as weak while appearing on the Trevor Noah show, a daily show and an American programme on Thursday..

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According to Adichie, opening the door for a woman should not be out of chivalry; rather, people should be open to helping and being courteous regardless of gender.

She said, “I think just like holding the door shouldn’t be gender because we should open the door for everyone.

“I hold the door for men and women. I think the idea of sort of holding the door for a woman because she is a woman, I have trouble with.
According to Adichie, opening the door for a woman should not be out of chivalry; rather, people should be open to helping and being courteous regardless of gender.

She said, “I think just like holding the door shouldn’t be gender because we should open the door for everyone.

“I hold the door for men and women. I think the idea of sort of holding the door for a woman because she is a woman, I have trouble with.

“I’m quite happy for people to hold the door for me I hope they are not doing for the sort of idea of chivalry.

“Because chivalry is the idea of women are somehow weak and need protecting but we know that there many women who are stronger than men,” she said.

She went on to express her disdain for the idea of people always saying women and children should be rescued first in times of tragedy, rather than saving the weak and unwell.

Adichie said, “Which is also why I have issues with women and children when women are classified. When there is a tragedy and we say women and children should live first.

“I think actually it is the people who are weak and unwell who should leave first,” she said.

Adichie frequently comes under ‘fire’ over her unwavering feminist comments during interviews.a

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