Pop star Tiwa Savage knows her position on gender discrimination won’t make her everyone’s favourite singer, but she needed to put it out there – she does not think men and women are the same.
The Mavin Records diva made her submission during a chat on “The Midday Show” with The Beat FM’s Tolu ‘Toolz’ Oniru who engaged her in a discussion on the subject.
Savage acknowledged that women in all societies often have to exert a lot of energy into their exceptional achievements but does this actually differ from what applies to men? For her, powerful women like Oprah Winfrey and Mo Abudu represent a category of women who went through extreme measures to actualize their goals.
“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 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,” she said.
Men and women are not the same
Individuals and groups advocating for equal opportunities for both men and women are going to get a kick out of her comment, but it will be impressive to some that Savage hasn’t lost her orientation as an African woman despite her huge star figure.
She took the reflection of a submissive wife after adding one more stand, taking the biblical route that emphasizes on a man being the natural head of a woman as the creation story would have it.
The singer already has so much going for her. She is a member of the star cast of the Mavin dynasty whose artistes have become leading figures in African entertainment. Her nonresistance and respect for culture is no doubt going to score her more points in the caucus of ethics adherents based on her non Europeanized beliefs.
The singer emphasized that women must submit to their husbands at home. (YouTube)
She is proof that one might have lived most part of one’s life in a western society but it doesn’t have to translate into a total desertion of one’s African origin.
“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 that way… especially in the household anyway.
“So I think as females when we realize that 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 music star ended her comments.