Chimamanda: I owe it all to Achebe

Literary sensation Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was recently in Nairobi for the Kwani? at 10 celebrations, where she pulled enthusiastic crowds wherever she went. PHOTO/EMMA NZIOKA

What you need to know:

  • I don’t think anyone should think about writing thinking I want to write because I want to become rich. It is not going to happen.
  • There are times you want to write and it is not happening. So I like to call it the spirits are not speaking to me. But there are also times the spirit speaks to me, so you want to write; you have this rush.
  • My position is that I am a Pan-African, I am Nigerian, I am Igbo; I am equally all of those things. I am not going to deny one for the other. I am Igbo because my perception of the world was very much coloured by being raised by Igbo parents; going to an Igbo village many times a year.
  • I am not a world citizen. I don’t know what that is. I have a Nigerian passport; I don’t know what a world citizen is.

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