The thought-fulness of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

June 17, 2009 § 1 Comment

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Actually, I came across this article several weeks ago while reading the same piece on Funmi Iyanda‘s blog and it just came back to me. I am often fascinated by things that this young author has to say when interviewed or giving speeches. It’s clear that she has given a lot of thought or is struggling with, like many of us, issues of identity and representation and questions that plague a new generation of Africans. In a world that is not that of their forefathers (she once stated that perhaps Chinua Achebe was too successful in that every non-African that has ever read ‘Things Fall Apart’ can only imagine Africans to be that way) how do we define ourselves in all our diversity and yet our similarity? Who is African? What does it mean to be African?

And so, these questions often lead to the kinds of thoughts and life stories of Africans everywhere (with their cris-crossing identities and diverse worldview) that she is so gifted in articulating and that is why I like her so much.

The article is interesting and you can find it here.

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