‘I was close to tears watching my mother read negative comments about me online’ - Chimamanda Adichie

‘I was close to tears watching my mother read negative comments about me online’ - Chimamanda Adichie

Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has expressed how saddened she felt about the backlash her query to Hillary Clinton, an American politician, generated on social media, significantly amongst Nigerians.  

Talking to a gaggle of younger Nigerians throughout a hangout session in Lagos on Saturday, Adichie mentioned she was shocked about the response the query generated, noting that it made her unhappy seeing her mother and father read horrible issues Nigerians mentioned about her. In an interview with Hilary Clinton, the writer, whose work has gained recognition, together with profitable the Orange Prize award, requested the feminine politician why she had described herself first as a ‘spouse’ earlier than different issues on her social media bio.  

This query, which Adichie mentioned she thought-about innocent, introduced backlash from Nigerians, together with celebrities, a lot of which have been premised on the notion that the reference in her query was a negative instance for hundreds of Nigerian ladies who observe the writer religiously.

Adiche mentioned she felt unhappy seeing her mother and father read the negative comments thrown at her. “watching my mother, I felt close to tears,” she mentioned.  Adichie, whose clapback at a French journalist who had requested her if there have been libraries in Nigeria warmed her to the hearts of many, mentioned the episode made her start to rethink how she felt about Nigeria.

Once I obtained again to Lagos and there’s simply all of this noise and apparently it’s simply all of ugliness, individuals mentioned to me: ‘they’re writing public letters to you. They mentioned you’re a demon; that you really want to break up marriages, every kind of issues. I felt. Let me be trustworthy, that’s the first time I actually began to rethink how I felt about Nigeria.

I’ve by no means carried out that earlier than. Till then, I had been a really dutiful daughter of Nigeria and I’m nonetheless at that section the place I’m pondering about how I actually, actually really feel about Nigeria.”

She nevertheless defined she had requested the query for political causes. She mentioned: “fairly frankly, the explanation I requested that’s that it was a political factor, significantly within the contest of Hilary Clinton a girl who had to change her title and take her husband’s title as a result of individuals wouldn’t vote for her husband if she had stored her title. A lady that for a lot of People they nonetheless want to see a girl in home phrases earlier than they will concede slightly energy to her politically. We don’t suppose that of males.”


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