Award-winning singer, Tiwa Savage, had Nigerians on Twitter in a stir over her comments on gender equality.
In a recent interview with The Beat 99.9 FM, the singer and mother made a stunning revelation about her view on gender equality and roles.
“It’s real. I’m not going to say I’m completely comfortable with it but it is what it is. You have to deal with it. If it means you have to work 10 times harder than your male counterparts, don’t complain about it, do what you have to do.
We all celebrate people like Oprah and Mo Abudu and we don’t actually realize what they have to do to get to that point. They probably had to do 20 times (more) than their male counterparts. Once you get there, you don’t complain about how you get there. So, whatever it is you have to do as a female, you just have to get it done.
I know I’ll (ruffle) a few feathers but I also don’t think men and women are equal. I don’t think that’s how God created us… especially in the household anyway. So I think as females… yeah we can be strong in our career, but when we are home we have to realize that the man is the head of the house.”
The revelation came days after she reacted to making BBC Top 100 Women List.
“Don’t let being a woman hinder you, I have and still have to fight to get people to respect and appreciate my work and not limit me because I am female so this really encourages me to keep pushing and breaking boundaries,” she said.
In her reaction, Tiwa told women not to allow their role as women in society to limit them from reaching their full potential.
Nigerians were on different sides of the spectrum on the topic of gender equality and roles.
See their reactions below:
If you think Tiwa Savage is wrong Go home and tell your Daddy heâs not the head of your family!.— A B D U L-W A S I U (@uthman_waxcav) October 5, 2017
Most of d ladies castigating Tiwa Savage are d same ladies tht goes 2 their boyfrnds house 2 do chores they can't even do for their parents.— alausa olamide (@olamyte) October 5, 2017
I take gender equality seriously so it's upsetting when I hear people like Tiwa Savage set women back and validate patriarchy on air.ð— 'Deoye Falade (@Crosseyednerd) October 5, 2017
Tiwa savage believes "the men are the heads of the house and men and women are not equal".That's her opinion and everyone should respect it.— Lyn (@Arhcent) October 5, 2017
Tiwa Savage, don't mind them. Some ladies will promote gender equality but when its time to get the latest iPhone, they become submissive!— Sapiosexual (@ChukwukaJerri) October 5, 2017
I pray Tiwa savage doesn't have another episode with her husband, this one that she's publicly trashing equality.— Wildfire. (@LadyDreyx) October 5, 2017
Tiwa is a shame.— NwaAmaikpe (@NwaAmaikpe) October 5, 2017
If she could go back to a man that so disrespected her mom on IG.
My regrets is the MB I wasted watching that interview.
Question is, Is your Father not the head in your family? Please leave Tiwa Savage Alone. She's Nigerian & Christian and that's what we know— ðKamor (@Namez_Kamor) October 5, 2017