WHO: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
WHAT: Nigerian novelist
WHEN: Born September 15, 1977
WHERE: Born in Enugu, Nigeria; she currently divides her time between Nigeria and the United States
WORK WE HAVE HERE AT LC:
Purple Hibiscus: "The young Nigerian teenager Kambili tries to keep her family from falling apart when her father's strict rules become to much and a military coup threatens to overthrow the government."
We Should All Be Feminists: "Offers a unique definition of feminism for the twenty-first century."
WORDS: “Some people ask: 'Why the word feminist? Why not just say you are a believer in human rights, or something like that?' Because that would be dishonest. Feminism is, of course, part of human rights in general—but to choose to use the vague expression human rights is to deny the specific and particular problem of gender. It would be a way of pretending that it was not women who have, for centuries, been excluded. It would be a way of denying that the problem of gender targets women.” (from We Should All Be Feminists)
“She seemed so happy, so at peace, and I wondered how anybody around me could feel that way when liquid fire was raging inside me, when fear was mingling with hope and clutching itself around my ankles.” (Purple Hibiscus)
“Culture does not make people. People make culture. If it is true that the full humanity of women is not our culture, then we can and must make it our culture.” (We Should All Be Feminists)