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By INEM DANIELPublished 4 months ago 3 min read


Africa is a diverse continent with many cultures, languages and traditions. But one thing that many African societies have in common is a preference for curvy women. In many parts of Africa, being curvy is seen as a sign of beauty, health, fertility and wealth. Curvy women are admired, respected and celebrated by their communities.

But being a curvy lady in Africa also comes with its own challenges and struggles. In this article, I will share some of the experiences and perspectives of curvy women living in different African countries.


One of the benefits of being curvy in Africa is that it boosts your confidence and self-esteem. Many curvy women feel proud of their bodies and enjoy dressing up in colourful and flattering outfits. They also receive compliments and attention from men and women alike, who appreciate their curves and shapes.

Another benefit of being curvy in Africa is that it gives you an advantage in the marriage market. Many African men prefer to marry curvy women because they believe they are more fertile, loyal and nurturing. Curvy women are also seen as more capable of bearing and raising children, which is an important value in many African cultures.

A third benefit of being curvy in Africa is that it protects you from some health problems. Studies have shown that curvy women have lower risks of developing osteoporosis, diabetes and heart diseases. They also have higher levels of estrogen, which helps them cope with stress and mood swings.


However, being curvy in Africa also has its drawbacks and difficulties. One of the challenges of being curvy in Africa is that it exposes you to discrimination and harassment. Some people may judge you for being overweight or lazy, or assume that you are promiscuous or uneducated. You may also face sexual harassment or violence from men who feel entitled to your body or who want to exploit you.

Another challenge of being curvy in Africa is that it limits your career opportunities and mobility. Some employers may discriminate against you for being curvy, or expect you to perform certain roles that fit their stereotypes. You may also face difficulties in accessing public transportation, health care or education facilities that are not designed for your size or needs.

A third challenge of being curvy in Africa is that it affects your health and well-being. Being curvy may put you at risk of developing obesity-related diseases such as hypertension, stroke or cancer. You may also suffer from low self-esteem, depression or eating disorders due to the pressure to conform to unrealistic beauty standards or to lose weight.


Being a curvy lady in Africa is not easy, but it is not impossible either. There are many ways to overcome the challenges and enjoy the benefits of being curvy. Here are some suggestions:

Celebrate your body and embrace your curves. You are beautiful and unique, and you deserve to love yourself and be loved by others.

Educate yourself and others about the diversity of body shapes and sizes, and challenge the stereotypes and stigma associated with being curvy.

Advocate for your rights and interests as a curvy woman, and demand respect and dignity from others.

Seek support from other curvy women who share your experiences and struggles, and form networks and communities that empower you.

Take care of your health and well-being by eating well, exercising regularly, sleeping enough and managing stress.

Pursue your dreams and goals by finding your passion, developing your skills, exploring your opportunities and expressing your creativity.

Being a curvy lady in Africa is a journey of discovery, growth and joy. It is not always easy, but it is always rewarding. Be proud of who you are, and be the best version of yourself.


About the Creator


Inem is a motivational writer. She is a single mum living in Nigeria with her daughter. Her hobbies are reading, cooking, writing and spending quality time with her daughter.

P.S. All my contents are my personal beliefs.

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