By Mahbuba Matovu
Here’s a picture of my classmates and I.
Funny how we took this picture so randomly and yet each time I look at it, I feel so much pride in sharing a moment with these beautiful African ladies.
Miranda, Ifeoma, Ahunna, Sussan and I are pursuing our Doctorates in Pharmacy in Houston, Texas and had just completed a presentation on Sepsis.
A few hours after this picture was taken, The Huffington Post released an article about Nigeria’s president, Muhammadu Buhari, talking about his wife, Aisha Buhari, and saying that she belonged in his kitchen.
He said this in reply to the comments that she had made in an interview with BBC about not supporting his potential re-election bid for president.
The First Lady of Nigeria expressed her disappointment in her husband’s leadership, saying she was not amused by the way things were going in her country, and blamed it on the unsuitable government officials that he had appointed.
Buhari, who has been married to her husband for 27 years told BBC, “If it continues like this, I’m not going to be a part of any [re-election] movement. … I have decided as his wife that if things continue like this up to 2019, I will not go out and campaign again and ask any woman to vote like I did before.”
President Buhari, who ironically was attending a press conference in Germany and seated right next to German Chancellor Angela Merkel, replied to his wife’s comments saying, “I don’t know which party my wife belongs to, but she belongs to my kitchen, and my living room and the other room,” adding, “I claim superior knowledge over her and the rest of the opposition.”
Chancellor Merkel glared at him after he made his imprudent comments.
This, once again, confirms the stereotype that African women are commonly mistaken for just housewives and child carers.
Like men, African women are capable of holding leadership positions, starting-up companies, successfully running them and being innovative, all while remaining excellent at home-making.
But because Africa is a society holding the tail of civilization, many think otherwise and are having a hard time letting go of old traditions that have lost credibility.
So once again ladies and gentlemen, here are five young intelligent African women…future doctors. A snapshot so innocent, a representation beyond powerful.