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LifeStyle of Tuesday, 15 September 2020


Be inspired by these 6 quotes from Chimamanda Adichie

Chimamanda Adichie Chimamanda Adichie

There is no doubts that Nigeria has great and enormous writers who have made literature a beauty. Chinue Achibe, Wole Soyinka, Ben Okiri, just to mention a few are all international recognised writers, however, there is Chimamanda Adiche.

Born on this day in 1977 into a relateively large family, she grew up with her parents and other five siblings in Nsukka, Enugu State.

Her parents worked as employees at the University of Nigeria where she had her secondary school. Adiche was always a bright student, due to this, she won several accolades.

She enrolled in the university of Nigeria as a medicine and pharmacy student for 18 months while she edited the magazine, compass.

Her drive and charisma for education continued when she relocated to the U.S at the age of 19 to further her education. In the US, she studied and attained a degree in communications and political science and masters in creative writing in the years 2001, 2003 respectively. She also received a Master of Arts degree in African studies from Yale University in the year 2018.

Adichie is the author of three novels, Purple Hibiscus (2003), Half of a Yellow Sun (2006), and Americanah (2013), of a short story collection, The Thing around Your Neck (2009).

She is public speaker who addresses social issues—such as gender, race and social class—with honesty and eloquence. Deserving, she has won many several awards and nominations among several lecturers, honours and other achievements.

In celebration of the 43rd birthday, here are some inspiring quotes from Chimamanda Adiche

1. “Culture does not make people. People make culture. If it is true that the full humanity of women is not our culture, then we can and must make it our culture.”

2. "You have to do more than go there and adopt a child or show us pictures of children with flies in their eyes. That simplifies Africa."

3. "Many stories matter. stories have been used to dispossess and to malign but stories can also be used to empower and to humanise. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity".

4. "The manifestation of racism has changed but the language has not."

5. “The problem with gender is that it prescribes how we should be rather than recognizing how we are. Imagine how much happier we would be, how much freer to be our true individual selves, if we didn’t have the weight of gender expectations.”

6. “Show a people as one thing, only one thing, over and over again, and that is what they become.”

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