Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian writer of novels, short stories, and nonfiction. In 2008 she was awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant. She was described in the 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”. Chimamanda in recent times has garnered escalating followers through her audacious engagement with issues of gender race and equality. Here are the most powerful empowering quotes from some of her literary works and recent speeches that you should know.
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1) “I have chosen to no longer be apologetic for my femaleness and my femininity. And I want to be respected in all of my femaleness because I deserve to be.” ― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, We Should All Be Feminists.
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2) “You can’t write a script in your mind and then force yourself to follow it. You have to let yourself be.” ― Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun.
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3) “Show a people as one thing, only one thing, over and over again, and that is what they become.” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, The Danger of a Single Story.
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4) “This is our world, although the people who drew this map decided to put their own land on top of ours. There is no top or bottom, you see.” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Half of a Yellow Sun.
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5) “Gender matters everywhere in the world. And I would like today to ask that we begin to dream about and plan for a different world. A fairer world. A world of happier men and happier women who are truer to themselves. And this is how to start: We must raise our daughters differently. We must also raise our sons differently.” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, We Should All Be Feminists.
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6) “Why were we raised to speak in low tones about periods? To be filled with shame if our menstrual blood happened to stain our skirt? Periods are nothing to be ashamed of. Periods are normal and natural, and the human species would not be here if periods did not exist. I remember a man who said a period was like shit. Well, sacred shit, I told him, because you wouldn’t be here if periods didn’t happen.” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions.
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7) “Be a full person. Motherhood is a glorious gift, but do not define yourself solely by motherhood. Be a full person. Your child will benefit from that.” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions.
8) “We have a world full of women who are unable to exhale fully because they have for so long been conditioned to fold themselves into shapes to make themselves likeable.” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions.
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9) I dream of a world where we no longer need femisnism because it will be redundant. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie CNN.
10) I want to write about things I care about and my feeling is that in caring about these things there are other people who care about them as I do.