Sunday, 14 April 2013

"The black women's hair is political" Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The long awaited Novel of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the Americanah, is out. From the tips I have read so far about it, it is not just powerful but full of novelties and humour packed. Chimamanda, as all those who know her work will understand, did not forget to speak of hair styles and influence that hair types plays in every society.  As a matter of fact, she made a very serious, deep and philosophical affirmation here that surely will open up a new debate on gender, race, culture and why not, on her newly area of interest, feminism. If we are to believe Chimamanda, then "The black women's hair is political".                                                
In fact, one of those things that should be noted about her recent development and impact in the literary world, not only in this work, but also in most of her recent speeches and papers, is that Chimamanda is not just that young brilliant Nigerian author, but a full fledged writer and speaker whose voice cannot be ignored any longer. Starting from her thought provoking TED-Talk, The danger of a single story, through her two recent speeches, "We should all be Feminists" and "black women's hair is political", Chimamanda has made it known to the whole world that she is determined to make her way into the history of Literature. 

Here is the Book Depository description of his recent work, the Americanah. and her chat with Jon Snow, Journalist of Channel4.

From the award-winning author of Half of a Yellow Sun, a powerful new novel-her first in seven years: a story of love and race centred around a young man and woman from Nigeria who face difficult choices and challenges in the countries they come to call home. As teenagers in a Lagos secondary school, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are fleeing the country if they can. Ifemelu-beautiful, self-assured-departs for America to study. She suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships and friendships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race. Obinze-the quiet, thoughtful son of a professor-had hoped to join her, but post-9/11 America will not let him in, and he plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Thirteen years later, Obinze is a wealthy man in a newly democratic Nigeria, while Ifemelu has achieved success as a writer of an eye-opening blog about race in America. But when Ifemelu returns to Nigeria, and she and Obinze reignite their shared passion-for their homeland and for each other-they will face the toughest decisions of their lives. Fearless, gripping, spanning three continents and numerous lives, Americanah is a richly told story of love and expectation set in today's globalized world.
''The truth might be hard to say, painful to bear or even drastic for the truth sayer but still needed to be said''. ALISON.

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