I love Nigeria writers, I love everything African about them and how their stories depict the everyday life of myself. This is why I can never seize to read the books of Nigerian authors. Some of which I’ve read are “THERE WAS A COUNTRY” by Chinua Achebe, “HALF OF A YELLOW SUN” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “EVERYTHING GOOD WILL COME” by Sefi Atta and many more. All African writer and most especially Nigerians.
I want to be a writer, a reputable one when I’m done with my degree, travel all places, pick up different observations and put it in writing so people can see what I’ve seen, feel what I’ve felt and also crave to read more of my books like I crave for Chinua Achebe, Wole Soyinka, Chimamanda Adichie, Buchi Emecheta, Sefi Atta and many more African novelist, most especially Nigerian novelist.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie like I said earlier is a Nigerian novelist. She has been called “the most prominent of critically acclaimed young Anglophone authors” which is, succeeding in attracting a new generation of readers like me. She schooled here in Nigeria at NSUKA where she studied medicine and pharmacy for a year and half. During that period, the edited “THE COMPASS” a magazine by the university’s catholic medical student. At the age of 19, she left Nigeria for Drexel University in Philadelphia, U.S.A. after school, she received a bachelor’s degree from eastern with the distinction of Summa Cum Laude in 2001. Wow, pretty, intelligent, and African, what I call Beauty, Brilliance and Black (BBB).
She started as early as 1997 where she published lots of poems, very few know this about her. She was shortlisted in 2002 for a CAINE PRIZE for her short story “You in America”. Her first novel, PURPLE HIBISCUS 2003 which almost every school read and was accredited for literature students. I read it too and from the starting to the end of the novel, I enjoyed every bit and was never disappointed. Each characters were so unique and they came real to me. Though nonfiction, it felt like it was happening presently as I was reading it. This same novel was also shortlisted for the ORANGE PRIZE for first book (2005).
My best of her novel is her second novel “HALF OF A YELLOW SUN”. It spoke about Biafra during the Nigerian Civil War and it caught my attention so much about my hometown and some of our leaders and their roles during that period like Late General Ojukwu and Ex-President Olusegun Obasanjo. Still, she didn’t make her story all pitiful and sad, there was also a love tangle mixed between Kainene and her sister Olanna with their spouses where one was a journalist and a white man and the other a lecturer. African names were used and our culture too. The novel was just right for me to read again, again, and again without being tired. This novel of hers received the 2007 ORANGE PRIZE FOR FICTION and the ANISFIELD- WOLF BOOK AWARD. It also adapted into a film starring Biyi Bandele, Chiwetel Ejiofor and Thandie Newton who are really popular actors, national and international.
Her third book, “THE THING AROUNG YOUR NECK” is a collection of twelve dazzling stories that explore the ties that bind men and women, parents and children, Africa and the United States. Her third novel, “AMERICANAH” of a young Nigerian encountering race in America was selected by the NEW YORK TIMES as one of the ten best books of 2013.
Adichie spoke on “The Danger of a Single Story” and “We Should All be Feminist” for TED TALK in 2009. She is a feminist, yes a feminist. This speech was sampled for the 2013 song ***FLAWLESS by Beyoncé an American performer where it brought so many attention. These were her exact words put in Beyoncé’s song ***FLAWLESS.
“WE TEACH OUR GIRLS TO SHRINK THEMSELVES,
TO MAKE THEMSELVES SMALLER. WE SAY TO GIRLS: ‘YOU CAN HAVE AMBITION BUT NOT TOO MUCH. YOU SHOULD AIM TO BE SUCCESSFUL BUT NOT TOO SUCCESSFUL OTHERWISE, YOU WILLTHREATEN THE MAN’ BEYCAUSE I AM FEMALE, I AM EXPECTED TO ASPIRE TO MARRIAGE
I AM EXPECTED TO MAKE MY LIFE CHOICES ALWAYS KEEPING IN IND THAT MARRIAGE IS THE MOST IMPORTANT.
NOW MARRIAGE CAN BE A SOURCE OF JOY AND LOVE AND MUTUAL SUPPORT BUT WHY DON’T WE TEACH BOYS THE SAME? WE RAISE GIRLS TO SEE EACH OTHER AS COMPETITORS NOT FOR JOBS OR FOR ACCOMPLISHMENTS, WHICH I THINK CAN BE A GOOD THING BUT FOR THE ATTENTION OF MEN WE TEACH GIRLS THAT THEY CANNOT BE SEXUAL BEINGS IN THE WAY BOYS ARE.
FEMINIST: A PERSON WHO BELIEVES IN THE SOCIAL, POLITICAL AND ECONOMIC EQUALITY OF SEXES”.
Wow, that’s a whole lot of talk and African teaching, no wonder Beyoncé used it in her song. But still, what more can I say. I love Chimamanda, I love her writings, I love the way she sees things and I would love to see the way she see does and also love to be a great writer like her.