March 4, 2015

Wednesday's Woman to Woman Salute:
Who Is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie?

This is the book that had me caught up.

The title of this post should really be, "The Baddest Chick: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie." Adichie has inspired me over the past year and got me all in my feelings with her words. As I slowly finished her collection of short stories in Trinidad last April, I had to pour some out for the homies who read on a second grade level.

Brought into American mainstream consciousness by BeyoncĂ©, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is not an underground rapper or R&B artist. She is a 38-year-old literary juggernaut from Nigeria. Listed as one of the Leading Women in 2014 by CNN, Adichie has won numerous awards and received generous accolades for her three published novels: Purple Hibiscus (2003), Half of a Yellow Sun (2006), and Americanah (2013). Half of a Yellow Sun was adopted to film and released in 2013. Lupita Nyong'o is slated to star in the film version of Americanah.

In addition to creating the most beautiful sentences I have ever seen, her voice makes me want to achieve all the things in life. Confident, proud, and melodic- I have listened to her complete TEDTalk, "We should all be feminists," at least twice. While it is cool to hear part of it over Beyoncé's scales, you really have to check the entire speech. Most importantly, Adichie describes her battles with the negative baggage of the term "feminist" through relatable stories, and the deceptive dangers of masculinity. (However, do not read the comments of this video if you plan to have a nice day.)

My favorite part about her success, is how proudly and beautifully she represents Nigeria (and by extension, Western Africa). Her wax print tops are gorgeous and her braided hair sits atop her head like a crown.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Photo Credit: FevaTV.com


Yeah, I'd bow down to Ms. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, but as two motivated feminists in a room, we'd probably salute. 

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