Following an appeal by one Ms Isioma Adeyemi who had requested to change her legal status from female to male due to the length of her clitoris, Nigeria's Supreme Court had declared that women in Nigeria who have clitorises longer than 7,5 centimetres (3 inches) can now be legally considered as men.
The request was however granted by a five-member Supreme Court panel, led by Justice Mary Odili who ruled that her request was “perfectly sound and legitimate”, ordering that her legal status be changed immediately.
Ms Adeyemi had been in a legal battle for 7 years.
Being a woman with an exceptionally large clitoris, her husband repudiated her, she eagerly wanted to change her legal status which has been granted.
She said “ This is the greatest day of my life! My first husband repudiated me because my clitoris was bigger than his peen, now I finally get some kind of justice.”
Ms Inna Shevchenko, leader of the radical feminist exhibitionist group Femen, describes the ruling as “a great advancement for African women in general”.
According to governmental experts, over 600 other Nigerian women have sufficiently big clitorises to apply for a change to their legal status.
World news daily reports that Nigeria is only the second country in the world to offer women with large clitorises the option of being legally considered as men.
Uganda offers the same choice to all women with clitorises longer than 5 centimetres (2 inches).
Only 11 women have legally changed their status to men since the law was passed in 2011.