Actress Hilda Dokubo reacts to Buhari’s statement

Photo credit: The Nation
Photo credit: The Nation

Veteran Nollywood Actress, Hilda Dokubo, has reacted to President Muhammadu Buhari’s controversial ‘My wife belongs in the kitchen’, comment

The Nigerian leader has been widely criticised for saying his wife, Aisha, belongs in his kitchen and ‘the other room’, in response to the first lady’s public criticism of the president’s appointments.

Mrs. Dokubo in a video post on her Instagram page disagreed with the President’s comment saying she doesn’t belong to any part of her home rather she lives there.

“My name is Hilda Dokubo and I am a woman. I do not belong to the kitchen, I go to the kitchen to fix food for my family and myself. We eat there sometimes but I do not belong there. I do not belong to the bedroom either, I sleep there, it is my rest place, my things are there but I don’t belong there. I do not belong to the sitting room, it is a lounging place, I rest there, I watch television.”

Mr. Buhari’s aide, Garba Shehu, said hours after the president made the statement at a press briefing in Berlin that he was only joking.

However, the president countered the explanation by his media aide and explained his stance, saying his wife should stay out of politics.

When he was asked by German broadcaster, Deutsche Welle, to clarify his earlier comments, Mr. Buhari said, “I am sure you have a house. You know where your kitchen is. You know where your living room is. And I believe your wife looks after all that even if she’s working,” he said when the interviewer, Phil Gayle, asked him to clarify his controversial comments.

Visibly upset, and in a much higher tone, Mrs. Dokubo said “I do not belong to the other room; because I do not know where the other room is in my house except that this other room sounds like the toilet. I can not belong to the toilet. I am a woman I deserve my rights to be a human being and to be respected.”


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  • JasV

    Obviously. It shows in the way you, asari dokubo and others like you behave dysfunctionally.

    • Charles

      Sorry your contribution sounds dysfunctional as well, are you related to Asari Dokubo?

      • The Trib3sman

        Good response Charles. These people appear demented.

  • emmanuel anizoba

    Hilda Dokubo must be a patented half-clever sophist. She excels in taking words out of their context and then spinning thrash with the words. She lacks the discernment and intelligence to understand that PMB’s statement is a concise and precise definition of the functions and responsibilities of his wife. The issue is not womanhood and the associated rights, because being a woman is not a warrant to justify professional lapses. Cheers!

    • Charles

      Do you believe that injustices anywhere is injustices everywhere, and it is that direction that Hilda is coming from. The President is a role model to many and must be condemn for this utterance, it is a negative example.

      • emmanuel anizoba

        Sophistry is lucrative business in backward climes, Charles. Enjoy yourself!

    • The Trib3sman

      Typical nonsense. How can the President of Africa’s biggest nation sit down with the Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkei, who herself is someone’s wife, and say that his wife belongs to the kitchen and not poliitcs? In the 21st century? Let us watch how he will behave when he is summoned to the United States by President Hillary Clinton. Shameless misogynist!

    • Maria

      I am a hard-line supporter of Mr Buhari….His statement is a disgrace to all of us, it is a disgrace to Nigeria.