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Quote of the week: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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“I think I’d rather you not engage [with Africa] than engage in a way that is patronising. It comes from a sense of superiority; it comes from an ignorance that refuses to acknowledge itself."

- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a Nigerian writer. She is the author of three novels, Purple Hibiscus (2003), Half of a Yellow Sun (2006), and Americanah (2013) and a short story collection, The Thing around Your Neck (2009). She has received numerous awards and distinctions, including the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction (2007) and the MacArthur Genius Grant (2008).  In her writings, Adichie explores the intersection of the personal and the public by placing the intimate details of the lives of her characters within the larger contemporary social and political forces of their countries. Dividing her time between Nigeria and the United States, she is widely appreciated for her unimpeded yet balanced depiction of the post-colonial era of Nigeria and of racial divides in the United States.


Quoted in the July 2/3 print edition of the Financial Times, "Lunch with the FT: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie," by David Pilling

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Submitted by Fatimata Sy on

I read Americanah. I experienced sensations which relate normally to food: sweet, sour, succulent, spicy, crispy, hard to swallow, crunchy, hard, soft. Just love the right words and the real description of African life and people. Her caricature of the African elite was realistic, funny and hard. She is very talented.

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