Awarded, read and heard all over the world, the Nigerian Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is not only considered a successful novelist but also an opinion leader. She campaigns for gender equality, in addition to racism and other forms of discrimination.
Born in 1977, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie a native of Enugu in Nigeria is a popular stand out novelist who quickly rose to prominence by her first novel – The Purple Hibiscus. After the success of her first novel, she proceeded to write another novel titled half of a Yellow Sun, a touching novel about the Biafra story that immediately won the heart of her fans.
As if she was not done pouring out the stuff she was made of, she rolled out yet another novel which she titled Americanah. This novel won the National Book Critics Circle Awards in 2013, which tops the list of best sellers in various parts of the world.
Chimamanda Ngozi has never ceased to amaze the world as a writer and this has earned her a pride of place among the 100 most influential people in the world according to Time magazine, appearing with Murakami in the publication.
The Nigerian narrator now not only writes about stories in Nigeria, but also on what black people experience when they go abroad to study, live and work. This is what is found in her latest novel, Americanah.
In the said novel, Adichie writes about Ifemelu, a young woman who goes to the United States to study and suffers several experiences of discrimination and racism -even by “politically correct” whites who discriminated against her in an advance way.
She narrates with humor, mischief and pain the subject of racial discrimination, prejudice and the difficulties she suffers as black in the United States, as well as warns of certain discrimination against Central Americans, South Americans, the poor and the Jews who live there.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is not afraid to write about tricky topics. In her previous novels – The purple flower (2003) and Half of a yellow sun (2006) the writer had already spoken – without qualms – about the violence and instability of a country that has gone through several coups and civil wars (focusing on the Biafra war), religious and political fanaticisms and English and African influences that seek to intervene in the history of Nigeria.
She also writes of the intimacy, as in The Purple Flower, where the protagonist – a shy fifteen-year-old girl – tells the story of a wealthy family of Enugu, who hides under a mantle of perfection, the constant abuses of a tyrant father and religious fanatic, who does not hesitate to punish his wife and his children before anything that he considers an error.
In a recent interview held at the New York Public Library, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie spoke with the writer Zadie Smith about writing, race and human relationships, and also about these strong female characters and their romantic relationships, so different from the romantic paradigm of the novels of Mills and Boon, “where man decides”. Adichie shares that women are masters of their sexuality and their decisions: “And that’s anti Mills and Boon in various ways. The women in my world do not have to wait because they are women. ”
For her novels, stories and also articles which she has written in different media, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has established herself as a feminist reference. Her phrases on the subject appeared on YouTube, in Beyoncé’s song, in bowls and t-shirts, and in the book “We should all be feminists,” where the writer is angry about the discrimination suffered daily by the female gender. About this, she says: “Gender as it works today is a grave injustice but besides being angry, I am also hopeful. We raise our daughters differently. We also have to raise our children differently. Recently a young girl was raped at a university in Nigeria,” the writer told the TEDxEuston talk, “and the response of many young Nigerians, male and female, was something like this: ‘Yes, the rape is wrong, but what does a girl do in a room with four boys? ‘ Now, if we can forget the horrible inhumanity of that response, these Nigerians have been raised thinking that women are inherently guilty. ”
“I think I’m a writer,” Chimamanda Ngozi said in several interviews, “but I have no problem in thinking that I’m a feminist writer. I also think of myself completely as a Nigerian writer. Chinua Achebe (Nigerian writer) was one of the most important authors in my training. I do not feel at all like an immigrant writer, but a Nigerian author who is comfortable in the world. “