Wednesday, 16 September 2015

Happy Birthday Chimamanda!!!!

Rename me 'LateCleopatra' if you will, but I could not let the day go by without wishing one of my favourite women a very happy birthday! Although now it is the 16th September here in the UK, there are still places in the world where at this precise moment it is still the 15th September and so I'll take that opportunity to wish Chimamanda Adichie a very very happy birthday.

For those of you who do not know who this amazing woman is: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian novelist, nonfiction writer and short story writer. She has been called "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."

Among some of her most well known titles are 'Half Of A Yellow Sun', 'Purple Hibiscus' and most recently 'Americanah'.

Adichie spoke on being a feminist for TEDxEuston in December 2012, with her speech entitled, "We should all be feminists". The speech was sampled for the 2013 "Flawless (Beyoncé Knowles song). The parts significantly contribute to the song lyrics that Adichie takes on the description of featuring artiste on the track:

We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller
We say to girls: "You can have ambition, but not too much
You should aim to be successful, but not too successful
Otherwise, you will threaten the man"
Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage
I am expected to make my life choices
Always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important
Now, marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support
But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage
And we don't teach boys the same?
We raise girls to see each other as competitors
Not for jobs or for accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing
But for the attention of men
We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are
Feminist: a person who believes in the social
Political, and economic equality of the sexes

You can listen to and watch the track/video below:

*Information taken from Wikipedia. Read full entry here.

Happy Birthday Chimamanda. Thank you for being an ambassador for (black) women. Thank you for being a role model for young (black) girls. Thank you for writing amazing stories and teaching the world about the immense beauty, amazing people, and rich history and culture of Africa. 

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