A little drama in tweets took place after a Nigerian Dad reacted to Twitter user @ekemma claims, about gender roles Nigerian textbooks give parents and why the narrative must change.
Doing English comprehension homework with my 5-year old daughter. Father goes to work. Daughter goes to school. Mum stays at home to clean the house. Deeply disappointed that Nigerian textbooks still push this narrative of women only good for doing home chores. This MUST change.
Reacting to the tweets, a Nigerian Dad @lagbenjo tweeted;
My princess was giving an assignment. One of the questions was about who cooks at home.She wrote Daddy,because I do cook for the family too. She was marked wrong, then she asked me why. I explained to her,followed her to school,explained to d teacher, n changed d narratives.
Glad I changed her mind to reason with today’s reality. Women ain’t created to cook, we all can cook. I want my male child when I have one to be able to support his wife, just like I’ll love my Princess’ husband to support her the way I have been supporting my wifey.
In 2016, #wifenotcook trended on Nigeria’s social media space, after Noble Igwe, who was made an ambassador for Casper & Gambini’s restaurant in Lagos, shared a photo of his breakfast at the restaurant. The photo got the attention of his Instagram follower, who was quick to point out that he is almost always at that spot to eat. She went on to ask if his new wife is not cooking for him at home.
The reply Noble gave her, got him lots of applause and also a lot of backlash from other IG users. While his reply was heavily sarcastic, it showed that Noble Igwe is not an “old school” type of husband, and thus the trend.