Lagos - American singer, Beyonce’s, latest album features Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and her speech on feminism in her song, Flawless.
Beyonce, surprised the world when she released a fifth album on iTunes without any promotion or announcement. The album, which is self-titled, includes 32 tracks as well as 17 music videos, is being referred to as a visual album and new artistic way of releasing music.
Track 11, Flawless, begins with an acclaimed feminist speech by Adichie. Adichie is also the author of ‘Half a Yellow Sun’ which is about the Biafra war which was turned into a movie starring Chiwetel Ejiofor.
In the song, Adichie says:
“We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller
We say to girls – you can have ambition, but not too much
You should aim to be successful but not too successful otherwise you will threaten the man
Because I am female I am expected to aspire to marriage
I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important
A marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support
But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same?
We raise girls to see each other as competitors not for jobs or for accomplishments,
Which I think can be a good thing
But for the attention of men
We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are
Feminist: A person who believes in the economic, social and political equality of the sexes.”