Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is one of the most prominent 21st century female writers to come out of Africa. She is an award winning writer, described by Times Literary Supplement as “the most prominent” of a “procession of critically acclaimed young anglophone authors [that] is succeeding in attracting a new generation of readers to African literature”. Some of her most prominent works are Half Of A Yellow Sun, Americanah, The Thing Around Your Neck, and Purple Hibiscus. She is also recognised as an avid feminist.
For this week’s Tuesday 10, we will be sharing some of our favourite Chimamanda Adichie quotes.
“Masculinity is a hard, small cage, and we put boys inside this cage.” We Should All Be Feminists.
“There are people, she once wrote, who think that we cannot rule ourselves because the few times we tried, we failed, as if all the others who rule themselves today got it right the first time. It is like telling a crawling baby who tries to walk, and then falls back on his buttocks, to stay there. As if the adults walking past him did not all crawl, once. Purple Hibiscus
“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.”
― We Should All Be Feminists.
“A woman at a certain age who is unmarried, our society teaches her to see it as a deep personal failure. And a man, after a certain age isn’t married, we just think he hasn’t come around to making his pick.” We Should All Be Feminists
“Race doesn’t really exist for you because it has never been a barrier. Black folks don’t have that choice.”