BHM Biographies: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the second woman to feature in our series of biographies on Black women in history.

Adichie is a current Nigerian author, her books have sold internationally, and you may recognise her name from her best-selling novels ‘Purple Hibiscus’ and ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’.

However, the main reason I love Adichie, of course, is her views on women’s rights. Adichie once said “I think of myself as a storyteller, but I would not mind at all if someone were to think of me as a feminist writer… I’m very feminist in the way I look at the world, and that world view must somehow be part of my work”. Her feminism is summarised in her amazing book ‘We Should all be Feminists’; here she concisely articulates the precise reasoning behind the title. She basically confirms the view that patriarchy is undeniably centred in society and effects everyone (which I’m sure most of you are already aware of). If you haven’t already read this – go and read it now! It’s very short and easy to read, will probably take you max a few hours, so no excuses. Her book has had global recognition, she has managed to spread an accessible overview of feminism, so I think that makes her a hero of the feminist movement.

Written by Verity Germon. Artwork by Eliot Lambert.

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