Ace Nigerian author, Chimamanda Adichie, who was hosted by the French Government on their ‘Night of Ideas’ (Nuit Des Idees), had a ready ‘savage’ reply for a reporter who asked if there are libraries in Nigeria.
Chimamanda Adichie who was first asked by the interviewer if Nigerians read her books, which she replied ‘Yes’, however had this to say about the library in the event that was held on Thursday at the Quai d’Orsay in Paris;
“Do they have libraries in Nigeria?” the interviewer asked.
Chimamanda replied: “I think it reflects poorly on France that you asked that question.”
A Nigerian Twitter user @ymscientist, who shared updates from this year’s Night of Ideas tagged ‘Power to the imagination’, where guests from diverse backgrounds gather to discuss the theme all across the five continents, tweeted;
Chimamanda on storytelling: It’s important to humanize immigrants and their stories. And realize that it is an accident of nature that we were born where we were. They are seeking a better life. That could be us too!
Interviewer: Are your books read in Nigeria? Chimamanda: Yes Interviewer: Do they have libraries in Nigeria? Chimamanda: I think it reflects poorly on France that you asked that question
On her opinion of French diplomacy, Chimamanda: I think France sometimes forgets that it’s not an 19th century super power. The way anglophones interact with Britain is not the same way that francophones do with France. There is something there that is not healthy
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: An absolute fresh breath of fearless honesty. A revolutionary act. Thank you
And to think the journalist doubled down on this ridiculous question with: Oh in France, we don’t know very much about Nigeria. When we hear Nigeria we think about boko haram and violence and security. Tell us something different. Girl really?
Here’s the video below;
— Asmau (@theladyamy_) January 26, 2018