Genevieve Nnaji Slams Deyemi Okanlawon, Others For Mocking Female Empowerment Challenge

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Genevieve Nnaji has expressed her disappointment in few Nigerian male celebrities, who jumped on #ChallengeAccepted and #WomenSupportingWomen, a social media trend that went viral recently, in order to make a joke of it.

The challenge involved women sharing black and white photos of themselves to spread female empowerment while pledging support to other women after being nominated.

However, actor Deyemi Okanlawon and a number of male celebrities like Don Jazzy, Nosa Rex, Uti, Kenneth Okoli, and Melvin Oduah felt the need to dress like women to take part in the challenge. Deyemi also made sure to repost photos of the other men who joined.

Reacting to Deyemi’s post, Genevieve accused him of making a joke of the challenge.
She wrote: “We seek solace in humour to distract us from pain or discomfort. Tell me what it is you feel exactly? You see, that feeling that triggered you to make a joke of a movement that can only be understood by those it was meant for; the feeling of being overlooked or disregarded is part of the point of the challenge. No one likes to feel invisible. You felt it for a second. Women feel it every day of their lives. Let us hold our own hands if we want to. Be ok with it. Not everything is about you or for laughs. Shalom.”

Deyemi has since responded after being called out by the star actress. Taking to his Instagram on Wednesday, he shared a filtered photograph of Genevieve and wrote: “Dear big sis @genevievennaji… I know your heart and I stan forever! And to anyone else female/male who may have misconstrued the intent and felt bad, do know that I see you and I’m truly sorry you feel that way. In these times we need all the love, support and smiles we can get! “




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While I know how much we need some laughter in these times I still feel the responsibility to find ways to bring to light the causes dear to my heart and that I am very passionate about – equal rights and the true empowerment of women. Special thanks to all the men who are committed to same ✊🏾✊🏾#empoweringwomen #mensupportingwomen @donjazzy @siruti @babarex0 @kennethokolie @melvin0duah @toosweetannangh @alexxekubo @brodashaggi . . Excerpt from @news18live… But while the challenge on Instagram is new, the network is a very-much real, very strong entity offline. Women in patriarchal societies have always been pitted against each other to make them feel as if every other women was in a competition against them. It takes years of unlearning this toxic practice to see and recognize women as other, actual individual beings instead of someone you’re constantly trying to one-up. Then women build strong networks, or stepping up for other women, of calling out sexism when it happens to someone else, but most importantly for establishing a safe space, with other women. The network tells you, “I’m here for you.” And sometimes, that’s all women have ever really needed: the support of other women. A post shared by Deyemi OKANLAWON (@deyemitheactor) on 

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