The Executive Director of Oxfam International, Ms Winnie Byanyima has become 2018’s first social media attack victim.
This is after the she tweeted saying that the practice of women kneeling while greeting is a ‘humiliating ritual that should be stopped.”
Byanyima was then attacked by a litany of social media users, calling upon the wife of FDC strong man Dr Kizza Besigye, to desist from infiltrating the African culture that people hold so dear.
Byanyima posted a picture of her neighbor, a one Leonarda who had bent knees to greet her.
“Neighbour Leonarda kneels down to greet me.I tell her not to kneel, but she insists that a young woman must show respect by kneeling 2 greet older women & men. I don’t agree, boys don’t kneel. How do we stop this humiliating ritual?” she posted.
And the replies..
I think people should do whatever they want to do. If they want to kneel, let them. If they don’t want to kneel, then they shouldn’t. To each his own.
— Kasabiiti (@Kasabiiti) January 5, 2018
It’s not humiliating, it’s culture and we are happy to embrace it . Different cultures have different ways of showing respect to elders
— Violet (@violetebell0) January 5, 2018
Stop and stay in the UK! Kneeling isn’t a must; if you can’t kneel before your husband Kizza Besigye, leave those that can do for their husbands and elders.
— Mathias Ssemanda (@MathiasSsemanda) January 5, 2018
It’s culture madam I think bride price is even worse kindly advocate for its removal first
— Nick_kengye (@KengyeNabaasa) January 5, 2018
Humility is not humiliation. Even your husband knows. pic.twitter.com/af4cCTkX3a
— Mwes M Drew™ (@_mwes) January 5, 2018
— Livingstone (@CallMiStone) January 5, 2018
Why dididnt you stop this old lady from kneeling, anyways what do I know😞😞
Indeed kneeling is bad pic.twitter.com/U5dAgkrEu9
— Nuwa Mbaguta💸💰 (@nuwapius) January 5, 2018
Hmmm these are the women who won’t kneel bfr their husband but still kneel for the pope. Nozakubagye
— Rasta KiteFlixx (@rasta_kite) January 5, 2018
It’s a sign of respect
Don’t bring defiance into culture 🤗
— Jaysus Ⓜ️🇺🇬 (@hismnec) January 5, 2018
How is it humiliating if she is doing it at will? Who is humiliated, you or her? You spend too much time with animals walking on four legs, you may start abusing your own family for walking on two. #HouseNigga it’s not even your custom, why are you pretending to know better?
— Kenneth Matovu (@XKMato) January 5, 2018
Isn’t it also humiliating to post someone’s picture without her permission??
— Victoria Birungi Mukiibi (@viquebm) January 5, 2018
Madam this is a culture, its a source of pride… You who doesn’t practice yours leaves you with no identity, we don’t know you… But ure not them…. So who the hell are you 🤔🤔🤔🤔???? pic.twitter.com/5H96K6jxtU
— Doveskeen david I.K (@Doveskeen_David) January 5, 2018
kneeling never killed anyone.Why don’t we appreciate our #African traditions.Always want to seem cool with western practices.U abandon your culture & adopt foreign ones.Those foreigners will assume more power over u & u will always be stamped on after all u offer nothing of value
— Jackie Angel (@Jackie_Achan) January 5, 2018
With all due respect, Let those to whom the culture belongs have this discussion, not just anyone who feels the need to talk…
— Daudi (@davidcarson02) January 5, 2018
Stop trying to westernize everything…. I’m a male, I bow my head when I greet my elders be it male or female…females in turn knee or bend their knee slightly. It’s not hurting anyone stop trying to impose your views on people who don’t have a problem with their way of life.
— BASH-AAR (@FaruqBashar) January 5, 2018
Next time I check…. You will be questioning God, why women don’t pee like men and boys do……. I think tc wrong to say tc humiliating bcoz boys don’t do it, but rather get another argument instead of comparing the two, Dats so……. Womanish
— Vitalis (@Vitalis87918763) January 5, 2018
When man sleep with a woman, why don’t they both get pregnant? Please balance me.
— Freeman_Sekai (@FreemanSekai) January 5, 2018
Feminism feminism,what defines us without our culture.If the lady that greeted you insisted that she kneel wea is the humiliating bit.I have never had someone collapse because they knelt.Exposure to the sestern world has blinded you about what is and what isnt ryt
— Mawanda Bill (@Waynegeorgem) January 5, 2018
U people just want to change everything..
— 98 points (@King_sDream) January 5, 2018
Madam DNT erode our highly valued cultures with Ur western influences, let’s respect our culture’s cz a society that adopts a foreign culture leaving out its own , is one that has no sovereignity
— Sembatya Henry (@sembatyamcHenry) January 5, 2018
Lol. I am disappointed in you my beloved first lady. There is a reason these things were put in place. Actually among the Baganda and some bantu tribes I know, boys kneel too!!!!
— Benjamin Prince Ug (@bigbpofficial) January 5, 2018