Celebrity is usually left to singers & dancers, entertainers whose art infiltrate our lives on a near daily basis. But recently writers have come to the fore as celebrities. Of course they’ve always influenced popular culture, as William Shakespeare, Ernest Hemingway & J.K Rowling show. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a bit different from the aforementioned authors because she’s a young Nigerian woman who’s showing the world a different side of Africa through her writing. A lot is made of Africans telling their own stories, especially given the history of the continent, and I’m glad she’s one of Nigeria & Africa’s voices.
Born in 1977 in Enugu, Nigeria, to a professor father & an administrator mother, Chimamanda is well educated, having learned at the University of Nigeria, Drexel university in Philadelphia & graduated from Eastern Connecticut State summa cum laude & then a masters degree in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University. She has used that degree to a great extent writing her first novel all the way back in 2003. A noted feminist, Adichie gave a notable TED talk on feminism & the importance of the African story in 2013, which she expanded in 2014 into the book We Should All Be Feminists. This TED talk was sampled on Beyoncé’s song Flawless. It is as a feminist & a novelist that she had become a global ambassador for modern Africa & African women. With that in mind, here are 10 of the most inspiring quotes from an incredibly inspirational woman, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes.
Top 10 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Quotes
“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.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
2. “The single story creates stereotypes, and the problem with stereotypes is not that they are untrue, but that they are incomplete. They make one story become the only story.”- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
3. “Some people ask: “Why the word feminist? Why not just say you are a believer in human rights, or something like that?” Because that would be dishonest. Feminism is, of course, part of human rights in general—but to choose to use the vague expression human rights is to deny the specific and particular problem of gender. It would be a way of pretending that it was not women who have, for centuries, been excluded. It would be a way of denying that the problem of gender targets women.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
4. “I recently spoke at a university where a student told me it was such a shame that Nigerian men were physical abusers like the father character in my novel. I told him that I had recently read a novel called American Psycho, and that it was a shame that young Americans were serial murderers.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
5. “Show a people as one thing, only one thing, over and over again, and that is what they become.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
6. “Our histories cling to us. We are shaped by where we come from.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
7. “Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
8. “I have chosen to no longer be apologetic for my femaleness and my femininity. And I want to be respected in all of my femaleness because I deserve to be.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
9. “You can’t write a script in your mind and then force yourself to follow it. You have to let yourself be.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
10. My own definition is a feminist is a man or a woman who says, yes, there’s a problem with gender as it is today and we must fix it, we must do better. All of us, women and men, must do better.” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Author: Munatsi Mavhima
I’m a young man from Zimbabwe and I recently earned a degree. The piece of paper says Political Science but I’ve got varying interests which is why I’m currently writing for FeelingSuccess. I enjoy playing sports on and off the console and I’ll try most foods at least once. I’m on Facebook in name only so check my Twitter @Muna263 and my Instagram @VenatorSola where I post poems and cool quotes.
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