A couple of months ago, popular rapper T.I. made a very controversial statement when he said he would never vote for a woman President because women are too emotional. Read his full statement below:
“Not to be sexist but, I can’t vote for the leader of the free world to be a woman. Just because, every other position that exists, I think a woman could do well. But the president? It’s kinda like, I just know that women make rash decisions emotionally – they make very permanent, cemented decisions – and then later, it’s kind of like it didn’t happen, or they didn’t mean for it to happen. And I sure would hate to just set off a nuke. [Other leaders] will not be able to negotiate the right kinds of foreign policy; the world ain’t ready yet. I think you might be able to the Lochness Monster elected before you could get a woman.”
Although he has long apologized for his statement, it begs me to ask the question, Would you vote for a female President IN NIGERIA?
Personally, I am undecided but the fact that I am a realist and can see right through this patriarchal society of ours, I really hate to say that T.I. might just have a point when he said “the world ain’t ready yet” or in this case, “Nigeria ain’t ready yet”.
This doesn’t mean that a female president wouldn’t be the best thing that might happen to our country Nigeria or that she wouldn’t step in and nurture the country like it were her new born BUT are Nigerians really ready for a woman to be in total control?
Let me rephrase that question for better understanding.
If a woman were to become the President of Nigeria, are the men really willing to stoop to her and relinquish every atom of power, authority and decision making solely to her discretion?
Yes, there are other African countries with female Presidents – Liberia and Malawi but you must agree that the patriarchal situation in Nigeria undoubtedly exceeds that of these other African countries.
We live in a country where up to date, women are not welcome into certain gatherings where there are men or a country where a man is appointed to head over the Ministry of “Women Affairs”.
Does this sound like a country that is ready for a female President?
It is very easy for us to vote a woman into power but do we think her cabinet members and pretty much 80% of the Federal and state positions that are dominated by men would work well with her? Or will they pretty much frustrate her and make her job tougher just because she’s a “woman”?
Yes, she would be the Commander-In-Chief and she could probably just relieve her oppositions of duty but how many people is she really going to “relieve of duty”?
This is exactly the reason why I am undecided to vote for a female president because when I envisage the possibility, all I can see is chaos and mayhem that will be brought about not by the female president but by all of the men in power that would feel “emasculated” because a woman surpasses them.
However, there is light at the end of the tunnel.
Once upon a time in the United States of America, blacks and whites were not allowed to live in the same community. It took a bit of time but after a while, things got better.
Yes, there were riots, activism, protests and so on but eventually, things got better and now although racism still exists in America, it is no longer a norm or as terrible as it used to be back in the day.
This is the light at the end of the tunnel, TIME!
Nigeria might not be ready for a female President right now but very soon, it will be. Very soon there would be more than one female Presidential candidate. Very soon, men would bow out gracefully for a woman to become President and very soon the issue of having a female President will become a thing of the past.
All of this will happen VERY SOON and as much as I am an advocate for girl power, I DO NOT think the timing is right for a female President.
Nowadays in schools, our younger generation are being educated on matters like race, gender equality and sexuality. They are being taught against segregation and prejudice and made to know that everyone and every sex should be seen as an equal.
Now that sounds like a generation that would be ready to finally get rid of this patriarchal practice of ours. Or maybe even the generation after that. But I know it will happen eventually – nothing lasts forever.
So instead of advocating for a female President, let us channel all of our resources into education for our children and grandchildren so their generation would grow to understand and practice gender equality.
I honestly do believe that women have been saddled with the mantle of salvaging whatever is left of the world but if we are going to do it, let us wait for the right time and do it right so we can conquer in every aspect of it.
Do you think Nigeria is ready for a female president?
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