Friday, 12 April 2013

Feminism à la Chimamanda! "We should all be feminists" - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, in her normal way, has come up with another topic of great interest. She has thrown up a new debate that might not be welcomed by many, not just because it's not true but because it's so true that it cannot be easily swallowed. "We should all be feminists"!
Chimamanda surely is not airing her view on feminism for the first time on this particulare moment as she has always made it clear in all her write-ups and speeches, in this particular talk, she has chosen it as a topic. What is more interessing here is not just her take on the matter but the way she progress with arguments and facts. It will be easier to understand her better without taking a stand ahead of the talk.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie a renowned Nigerian novelist was born in Nigeria in 1977. She grew up in the university town of Nsukka, Enugu State where she attended primary and secondary schools, and briefly studied Medicine and Pharmacy. She then moved to the United States to attend college, graduating summa cum laude from Eastern Connecticut State University with a major in Communication and a minor in Political Science. She holds a Masters degree in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins and a Masters degree in African Studies from Yale University. She was a 2005-2006 Hodder Fellow at Princeton, where she taught introductory fiction. Chimamanda is the author of Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the 2007 Orange Prize For Fiction; and Purple Hibiscus, which won the 2005 Best First Book Commonwealth Writers' Prize and the 2004 Debut Fiction Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. In 2009, her collection of short stories, The Thing around Your Neck was published. She was named one of the twenty most important fiction writers today under 40 years old by The New Yorker and was recently the guest speaker at the 2012 annual commonwealth lecture. She featured in the April 2012 edition of Time Magazine, celebrated as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. She currently divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.

''The truth might be hard to say, painful to bear or even drastic for the truth sayer but still needed to be said''. ALISON.


  1. I must have to thank you for making this wonderful talk available here. I wished it did not end. So informative and educative a talk, with normal life situational facts and self experiences at the background. It is simply natural. It is thrililing. And above all it is challenging. This girl is wonderful and inspiring. Once more, Ali thank you.

    1. You are right my dear! I just felt like saying to her "You are my hero" but since I could not speak to her in person, I then decided to post it here.