You know the story that we sell to young girls where the prince gets on his knee and whips out a ring, and then you start crying in gratitude? I think it’s ridiculous.
– Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Growing up in Nigeria in the early 1980s in an Igbo family, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is an author who is unhesitating in calling herself a feminist. She calls herself “a happy African feminist who does not hate men, who wears lipgloss, and who wears high heels for herself and not for men.” Her characters are a mix of thinking, rational individuals with desires, ambition, with both vulnerability and strength. A recipient of the MacArthur Genius Grant, she was awarded the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for her book ‘Purple Hibiscus’ in 2005. Her second novel, ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ was awarded the Orange Prize for fiction in 2007 and subsequently adapted into a film as well.
I have chosen to no longer be apologetic for my femaleness and for my femininity. And I want to be respected in all of my femaleness, because I deserve to be. – Adichie at ‘We should all be feminists’, TEDxEuston 2012, 1 December 2012.
Adichie has delivered TED as well as TEDx talks on the themes of feminism as well as the under-representation of cultural differences and diversity. She is one of the young writers who through her work has been instrumental in bridging the disconnect between Africa and the world, highlighting the complexities within the African populace and society. Harper Collins brought out a written volume based on her TEDx talk ‘We should all be feminists‘. She was listed among the 100 most influential people in the world by TIME magazine in 2015.
“The educated ones leave, the ones with the potential to right the wrongs. They leave the weak behind. The tyrants continue to reign because the weak cannot resist. Do you not see that it is a cycle? Who will break that cycle?”
― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie,
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