Category Archives: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Reni Eddo-Lodge in conversation

Next month you will have the opportunity. At least those of you who live in or near London (United Kingdom). The celebrated Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will be at the Royal Festival Hall and she talks to and with Reni Eddo – Lodge. Several topics are already known, but who knows ‘post colonial literature’ will be added to the list and the question how many bookshops are left in London Town. For more information and the need for saving entrance fee, look here

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Chimamanda Adichie: The daughter of postcolonial theory

The ripples after the stone has been thrown in the pond by the Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie still widen. In an interview she gave the topics of bookshops in Nigeria and the position of post-colonial literature a stage and people picked it up. 

In this article the South African academic (at Stellenbosch University) writes about these rimples. An interesting thought: Is there one story in France? When one lady asks a question about the presence of bookshops in Nigeria it does not follow that all other French people could ask the very same awkward question.  

Of course we have bookshops in Nigeria.

A boy and a girl sit and read books in a mobile library in Lagos.

It caused an uproar. What about bookshops in Nigeria? Well, there are bookshops and there have been bookshops already for decades. But who has access to these bookshops? And to stretch the matter a bit: who has access to a library? 

The Nigerian writer Sede Alonge wrote answers to these questions in this article

Interviewer asks Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: ‘Are there bookshops in Nigeria?’

Bookshops.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.It was a hot issue during an interview given by the celebrated Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in France during a festival. She was asked if there were bookshops in Nigeria. Chimamanda answered the question. And the interview continued with other explosive issues. The social media exploded (well, it bit too much to say that, it happened in a small niche with Africa minded bookish people on social media). Here another article on this issue. And we read about Chimamanda’s favourite bookstore in Lagos, the former capital city of Nigeria.  

The ‘ironic’ question of Nigerian writing

The Bookshop-saga is still going on. It all started with the first episode in France on a stage. A question was asked at the godmother of the festival. The godmother is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the famous Nigerian writer. She was asked about the presence of bookshops in Nigeria. The audience was stunned, so were many other people.

Maybe very soon we get a song to raise money for Africa: “Do they know what bookshops are?” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, icône féministe

The Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was passing through France to participate in a festival of the night. She was a kind of godmother for this festival. In this interview she talks about present-day issues concerning feminism and racism in the United States and France. And racism in Nigeria or any other African country? La Nigériane Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, écrivaine et figure du féminisme en Afrique, lors d'une séance photo à Paris, le 24 janvier 2018

A journalist asked Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie if there are bookstores in Nigeria

Well, well, well. This interview in France caused quite a stir. The Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngzoi Adichie was being interviewed by Caroline Broué, a French journalist. The journalist asked a question about people in Nigeria who read her work and then she stumbled into the next question. She stumbled and fumbled, making an extensive introduction, and then asked about bookshops (not libraries!) in Nigeria. This in itself was on the social media very quickly, including the way Chimamanda answered this question. 

Another point made by Chimamanda was about post-colonial literature. “What is that”, she wondered? This caused a stir on Twitter, a big stir. Tweep attacked her. Tweeps defended her, even I took part in the discussion on Twitter.  As if the world came tumbling down. 

Post-colonial period. I assume it is the time after the colonial period. Some countries do not have a post-colonial period, let alone post-colonial literature. It will not be very difficult to give every country with a colonial past a starting date for this post -colonial literature. Now about the other date: when will this period of post-colonial literature end?