Anyone can call me absurd but Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a rare gem. I don’t know when I would meet her; I keep missing her seminars but the truth is this lady is changing the world and she’s doing it with a piece of paper and a printing house.
Am I jealous? May be I am, may be am not; she’s a lady, she’s a woman, a specie which many centuries ago men thought couldn’t do their jobs, what am I saying? They still think like that. Because of her, many people can’t categorise every woman they meet as having no ambition, many people can’t say every Nigerian is a waterloo. There is more to a lady and she proves it time after time, she’s not God but I adore her.
I recently read her except from her book “Americanah” and even though am finding it hard to read a full novel because I prefer short stories and poetry, I think its time I start with hers. I can’t wait to purchase the book; the excerpt gave me every emotion and that’s what I like about any writer.
Yes there are other Nigerian writers like Sefi Atta, E.C Osundu, Seun Salami, Wole Soyinka and Myself #wink but it is he who makes an impact, that we must learn from. I have heard them say she dislikes America because of the way she portrays its citizens in her book but do people not speak of Nigerians in movies and books, like we are no good?
Let it be known, that we reduce ourselves not by how we see the people who are citizens of our own country but how we see others who are not our citizens. I am in awe for what Chimamanda does with a pen and paper and when I meet her I hope to tell her “you go girl”.
Change the world with whatever you can, you don’t have to change everyone, just change someone. If you don’t know her, go and read about her, if you don’t want to read about her, ask someone. Like I said there are other writers in Nigeria, even if I don’t blog of them often and mention their works every now and then, I admire and I respect them because we Africans are the real story tellers.