As the world celebrates the International ‘No Bra Day’, Thursday, the essence of the message appears lost to many Nigerian ladies.
The “No Bra Day”, launched in 2011, was conceived to raise awareness about breast cancer.
A slew of ladies spoken to by Newsbreak.Ng said they were unaware of the day set aside to encourage ladies to ditch their lingerie.
Helen Adeseun, who works with a research company, said, “am just hearing about the no bra day for the first time”. The fair-hued lady also said she knew nothing about breast cancer other than its name.
Beside Adeseun’s account, Olamide Pariola, a participant in the National Youth Service Corps, NYSC, had no more than derision for the campaign.
“It’s really crazy. I see girls putting on no bra all day”, she said.
On her part, Blessing Joseph, believes she has permanent immunity against breast because “I don’t put money in my breast”.
Moreover, Joseph’s belief shows poor knowledge of the dreaded cancer among many Nigerian women.
Ossai Esther, a student, also claimed ignorance of the ‘No Bra Day’ and so are Mrs. Hope Adegoke and Benedicta Nnaji, both administration staff at an Ikeja-based advertising firm.
However, while the earlier respondents claimed not to have undergone breast examination for possible detection of a cancer, Umoh Divine claimed she had been tested.
I am not aware today as a ‘No Bra Day’ though, “I have done a breast”, she said.
Funke Adeshina, a businesswoman, also admitted being unaware of the campaign.
“I am not aware but I fully understand what breast cancer is because someone close to me has had it before.
“At first she wasn’t saying anything about it, it was in the last stage we discovered, but it was late then. She has since passed on,” says Adeshina.
Adeshina Adelaja, 61-year-old retiree, believes a woman is unlikely to have a breast cancer if it’s not hereditary. “It doesn’t run in my lineage”, she said.