In Nigeria, most landlords refuse to rent out their houses to single women and the explanations have been researched by BBC.
The foremost purpose why landlords keep away from renting to single women is that they believe them of being prostitutes. A single girl who desires to get a home may need to be accompanied with a person or expertise difficulties discovering an residence to rent.
A profitable profession girl, Olufunmilola Ogungbile, 30, who moved to Lagos after securing an excellent job with the Ogun state authorities as a venture administrator, was diminished to sleeping on a buddy’s sofa after 5 months of apartment-hunting in Abeokuta, Ogun state. Regardless of being financially unbiased, she struggled to discover an residence in center and upmarket areas as a result of she was single.
“The primary query the owner would ask me is that if I am married?” Ms Ogungbile advised BBC reporter Abigail Ony Nwaohuocha, “I might say ‘No’, and so they’d comply with with, ‘Why not’?”
She mentioned this usually left her puzzled.
What does my marital standing have to do with me getting a spot to reside in?
Ninety-nine per cent of the landlords I met didn’t need to rent to me as a result of I’m a single girl. Most landlords and brokers would inform me, ‘Are you able to deliver your boyfriend or your husband?’ In these sorts of residences, we do not like boys coming in. We simply need respectable folks.”
On this a part of the world, in case you are not married then you’re a prostitute, she added.
Ms Ogungbile believes she fought again in opposition to discrimination in her personal little approach – by refusing to current a person.
A part of combating the stigma was me refusing to deliver a partner or a companion as a result of that was a part of the factors earlier than they might hand me the keys, she mentioned.
Sylvia Oyinda, 31, a product supervisor in the retail sector in Lagos, agrees that the stigma makes it troublesome for single women to rent in Nigeria.
Ms Oyinda was engaged when she began in search of an residence. Landlords refused to meet her with out her fiancé.
There’s a saying ‘small woman, massive god’ that describes younger single women who rent alone or squat with different females. The saying refers to single women who’ve sponsors, sometimes older males, who pay their rent.
Ms Oyinda believes landlords assume most younger single women are sponsored by males.
The three landlords I met all refused to present me their residences. They might inform me, ‘Do not trouble.’
Out of frustration, she stopped scouting on her personal and determined to go along with her companion, who she is now married to, and it was solely then that she was taken significantly.
Coleman Nwafor, a landlord and property proprietor, defined to BBC the explanation for this discrimination, saying:
Most single girls are beneath the duty of their dad and mom or a lover. You may by no means inform what is going to occur after the primary 12 months. And each landlord desires a tenant who pays with out stress and renew their contract as soon as it expires.
Most single girls are usually not working. There are extra jobs for males than women in Nigeria. That’s simply the best way it’s.
Yinka Oladiran, 25, who moved from New York to Lagos in Could 2016 to pursue a profession as a TV presenter, mentioned they refused to rent to her besides she brings her father.
There have been landlords who mentioned they didn’t need to rent to me till they’d spoken to my father to ensure that he was OK with it, though I used to be paying with my very own cash.
My opinion did not matter. The landlords attempt to police women.
She looked for greater than six months earlier than she lastly acquired an residence in April 2017. Even after getting the home, she was nonetheless consistently undermined by safety workers, particularly when she got here residence late from work, as they usually requested her who she was visiting.
“For that to even occur time and again was very insulting,” Ms Oladiran mentioned.