Feminist Ghanaian Filmmaker Leila Djansi Advises Ladies To Stop Cooking For Men – She Explains Why

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Multiple award winning Ghanaian filmmaker based in USA, Leila Djansi, also known for her women empowerment drumbeat, has urged young ladies to stop cooking for men they are not married to.

Leila passed this comments – after weeks of social media having gone agog over comments widely reported and attributed to Feminist group, Pepper Dem Ministries, that, married women should stop cooking for their husbands; though they later debunked the assertion.

As the feminism agenda thickens day by day, audacious Leila Djansi has posited on her official page (unedited), that, ladies should not go cooking, cleaning, and doing laundry for a man, “Who has not married you” – she emphasized.

A male commenter on her wall, asked; “So can the same lady expect me to make her look beautiful before our marriage?? I mean investing on her if the need be?? Cux I don’t think once in a while helping ur partner to be is a crime here, unless otherwise”

Leila replied: “Nope. A woman should be able to take care of her own self. You should not be spending money on a woman you are not married to. Save that money and invest in something else, unless of course, you are a sugar daddy.

“Then you know it’s part of your duties. Then again, cooking and cleaning is not a prerequisite for paying for your partner to look the way that pleases THE BOTH OF YOU.


Leila Djansi wrote and produced her first feature film ‘Babina’ with Aak Films, Ghana, at age of 19. Soon thereafter, she joined the GAMA Film Company where she wrote several television scripts.

Working her way to the United State, she attended the Savannah College of Art and Design on an artistic honors scholarship and continued on to the Art Center College of Design in Pasadena, California. She studied Film and Television writing and directing at both schools.

Leila began her film career while still studying at the Art Center and, her directorial debut ‘I Sing of a Well’ netted an unprecedented 11 nominations at the 2010 African Academy Awards, winning the Jury Special Award for Best Film.

In addition, Djansi was presented the Festival Choice Award from the BAFTA/LA and the Pan African Film Festival. In 2011, Djansi’s ‘Ties That Bind’ won Best Diaspora Film at the San Diego Black Film Festival, it also became an Official Selection to AFI’s New African Films Festival in 2012.

Additionally, Kimberly Elise was nominated for Best Actress at the American Black Film Festival. The film was also nominated for Outstanding Foreign Film at the 2012 Black Reel Awards. Djansi’s ‘Sinking Sands’ was endorsed by UNiFEM for their Say NO to Violence against Women campaign in 2010.

In 2015, Djansi released ‘Where Children Play’ which starred Grammy Winner Macy Gray and is an advocacy film which she hopes to use to speak up against rape in marriage and child abuse.

Leila Djansi strives to make the world a better place through intimate story-telling, visually stunning filmmaking and bringing to light human rights. Leila’s greatest desire is to be a voice for voiceless women throughout the world by telling their stories.