Africa, Feminism, Doublethink

Dan Mask, 1989

Doublethink was described by George Orwell in his legendary book, 1984, as the ability to simultaneously hold two contradictory beliefs. But unlike cognitive dissonance, a related term where contradictory beliefs cause conflict in a person’s mind, doublethink is marked by complete unawareness of holding contradicting views.

In a piece for The Guardian Nigeria titled “Feminism is not African, a question of cultural doublethink”, I argue that it is doublethink to support women’s equality in Africa while simultaneously claiming that the most successful tool for achieving women’s equality—namely, feminism—can not be African.

Read the piece by clicking on the link.


Image is Rotimi Fani Kayode, Dan Mask, 1989.

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