Things you should never say to an African woman

Words are capable of making or marring someone. Although some words are

spoken without the intention to harm, but that still doesn't make it right.

African women are mostly looked down upon because of the color of their

skin, texture of their hair, body shape and size, facial structure or their


Below are a few things you should never say to an African woman.

"You would look finer if you were light-skinned."

Anyone who says otherwise probably doesn't know what they're talking about. With the advent of bleaching creams, some African women with dark skin have altered their skin color to satisfy society's standard of beauty. People don't know that they prick at a woman's self-esteem when they say things like this and it takes an African woman confident in her skin not to let it get to her.

"You are too fat/thin, or your breasts and butt are too small/big."

Except you are a certified doctor, it's never okay to comment on a woman's body. It's a wonder why people are bothered about another's body size or shape. People see a petite lady, then the next thing is, "you need to eat more, you'd add some fat to your butt" or, when they see a curvy lady, "your hips are too wide, you should probably hit the gym" also, "you're too tall"

A lot of women are insecure about their body because of comments like this. Whether you are fat and tall, short and curvy or thin and bare-chested, as long as you're healthy, you are perfect.

"That's not a woman's job"

In the past, African women were to be seen, not heard. It was believed that women were meant for the kitchen and her aspirations and goals were irrelevant. It's so wonderful to see that young women in Africa have made their stand to be more. Young African women are excelling in jobs that were seen as jobs meant for men. We have women as police, engineers, mechanics, plumbers, interior decorators or

even architects.

Dear African women, don't let anyone tell you that you can't be whatever you want to be.