“Nigeria’s First Lady Calls for Modesty, Warns Against Emulating ‘Naked’ American Celebrities”

"Nigeria's First Lady Calls for Modesty, Warns Against Emulating 'Naked' American Celebrities"
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In a recent speech, Nige­ri­a’s First Lady, Sen­a­tor Olure­mi Tin­ubu, has urged the coun­try’s women and young peo­ple to dress more con­ser­v­a­tive­ly and not “try to emu­late film stars from America.”

Speak­ing at an event in Abu­ja to mark the first year of her hus­band’s admin­is­tra­tion, Tin­ubu expressed her con­cerns about the influ­ence of Amer­i­can celebri­ty cul­ture on Niger­ian women. She stat­ed, “We see the way they dress. We are not hav­ing the Met Gala. And every­one, the naked­ness, is just every­where and the men are well-clothed.”

The First Lady empha­sized the impor­tance of pre­serv­ing Niger­ian cul­tur­al val­ues, say­ing, “We have to sal­vage our chil­dren. We don’t accept naked­ness in our cul­ture. That is not beau­ti­ful. It’s not beau­ti­ful at all.”

Tin­ubu’s speech came short­ly after the recent vis­it of Meghan Markle and Prince Har­ry to Nige­ria. While the First Lady did not direct­ly crit­i­cize the Duchess, she warned Niger­ian women against los­ing their cul­tur­al iden­ti­ty, say­ing, “Why did Meghan [Markle] come here look­ing for Africa? That is some­thing we have to take home with [us]. We know who we are. Don’t lose who you are.”

The First Lady’s com­ments have sparked a debate about the role of West­ern influ­ence on Niger­ian soci­ety and the impor­tance of pre­serv­ing cul­tur­al tra­di­tions. Some experts have sug­gest­ed that Meghan’s choice of cloth­ing dur­ing her vis­it, which includ­ed some back­less and sleeve­less dress­es, could have been seen as too reveal­ing in a pre­dom­i­nant­ly Mus­lim country.

Tin­ubu’s mes­sage to Niger­ian women was clear: “They’re all beau­ti­ful girls, but they should be con­fi­dent in who they are.” She urged them to become “uni­fy­ing forces” in their homes and com­mu­ni­ties, dri­ving greater pros­per­i­ty for the nation.

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