Comedian Ebiye Vs Aramide: The Fight To Cut Off Women’s Legs

By Ikenga Chronicles May 7, 2018

Comedian Ebiye Vs Aramide: The Fight To Cut Off Women’s Legs

The annual music award organized by Hip Hop World, The Headies, took place last week.

Star-parked and remarkably better organized than those of past years, the story that should have filled the headlines should have been the array of talents Nigeria boasts of, and Davido’s remarkable speech about “We rise by helping others rise”. Alas, it was not so, as Comedian Ebiye, in throwing an infantile tantrum(or maybe seeking relevance at whatever cost), decided that he must put his misogynistic character on full display.

Reacting to Aramide’s (a female artiste)reaction when she was announced as a winner, Ebiye had pointed out that the singer was surprised that she won, and then added that she probably had sex with someone in return for the award.

Even though Ebiye has apologized for that poor joke, his outburst, one must agree, is representative of the views of many Nigerians when a woman attains success.

Severally, female politicians who struggle extra hard to shatter the glass ceilings and make great inroads in their profession are labeled prostitutes who have “slept their ways to the top”. No respect is given for the extra work done by the women, or even the many threats and obstacles they must muscle through to even make half an inroad as their male counterparts. No matter how hard these women work, society will always lay ambush for them, and call them names. Maybe it is just a way of stopping them, or maybe it is a strategy for some men and women to justify their own failures and by so doing attain some “feel good” status.

And it is not only the men who call these go-getters names. Their own sisters also join the bandwagon and hurl abuses on them.Everyday existence is replete with examples of women, who have also tried to destroy their sisters by toeing this abhorrent line.

What all of these do is that they place an extra mountain in front of women— a mountain that bid them stop making efforts to grow. And when these women conform to the restraint placed by this misogyny, not only are they then vilified as not being driven, the special contributions which they can give to the development of the society are denied the society.

For too long, women have borne the brunt of man’s darkness and oppressive tendencies. This has continued to be entrenched even as progress is made in so many other aspects of social growth. Nothing exemplifies this lingering tendency to see a successful woman as the receiver of favours in return for sex, as Ebiye’s outburst. That outburst was not properly thought out by him, so he could not exercise added decorum. It was something that came straight from his heart, and in truth tells of the deeply ingrained worldview of most people.

It is time then that women rights groups must endeavor to leverage on this and intensify re-orientation efforts in order to restructure that warped worldview. In fact, a frontal attack is necessary, and urgently so. Women must be allowed to grow as their male counterparts without their legs cut off by insinuations that will dampen their amazonic spirits.

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