Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born on the 15th of September 1977 in the city of Enugu, Nigeria. She was the fifth of six children, her father was a professor of statistics while her mum was the first female registrar in the University of Nigeria. Adichie studied medicine and pharmacy for a year only to leave Nigeria at 19 for the US to study communications and political science. Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, was shortlisted for the Orange prize for fiction and was awarded the Commonwealth writers’ prize for best book (2005). Her other works were also a success like Half A Yellow Sun, which has been made into a movie, Americannah and The Thing Around Your Neck.
Chimamanda, who is married to Ivara Esege, refuses to be addressed as “Mrs Chimamanda” but as “Miss”. According to her, “it’s not our culture” to take on our husbands’ names after marriage, “it’s Western culture”.
Now, the real reason I love Chimamanda even though I still have some questions, feminism. A feminist is a person who believes in the equality of sexes but Chimamanda defined a feminist as a man or woman who says “Yes, there’s a problem with gender as it is today, and if we must fix it, we must do better.” Her speech on “We should all be feminists” says it all.
There are so many reasons I like Chimamanda and one of them is that she isn’t afraid to speak her mind. Putting feminism aside, In Americannah, Chimamanda hit the nail on the head as she brought out into the open topics that made people “squirm” and “uncomfortable”. She decided to call herself a “happy feminist” because, according to a Nigerian man, “feminists are women who are unhappy because they cannot find husbands”.
Looking at it now, I know I would still like Chimamanda even if she calls herself a sad feminist because she and many other people are the reason we can look at the future from afar and say that there’s still hope. When I hear Chimamanda, fighting against racism and sexism come to mind. Chimamanda has and is taking the world in general, not only the art world, by storm with her feminist ideas which might seem odd but, of course, we all have freedom of expression.
Her style of writing is very vivid and descriptive. She manages to describe everything so deeply without being desperate. Unlike some, she carries her readers along with her. I would call Chimamanda an artist because she is skilled and creates beauty with her words and writings. So I think she deserves the Artomic icon title..