Renowned Nigerian author, Chimamanda Adichie who spoke to young Nigerians yesterday at a hangout in Lagos, reacted to the backlash she faced after she asked Hillary Clinton why she had described herself first as a ‘wife’ before other things on her social media bio, an incident she said moved her to tears as her mother read negative comments about her.
According to Chimamanda Adichie who said the question was a harmless, she was moved to tears watching her mother read negative comments about her online, with many celebrities also accusing her of setting a negative example for thousands of Nigerian women who follow her religiously.
“Watching my mother, I felt close to tears,” she said.
When I got back to Lagos and there is just all of this noise and apparently it’s just all of ugliness, people said to me: ‘they are writing public letters to you. They said you are a demon; that you want to break up marriages, all kinds of things. I felt. Let me be honest, that is the first time I really started to rethink how I felt about Nigeria.
I have never done that before. Until then, I had been a very dutiful daughter of Nigeria and I am still at that phase where I am thinking about how I really, really feel about Nigeria.”
Adichie further stated that the question for political reasons.
She said: “Quite frankly, the reason I asked that is that it was a political thing, particularly in the contest of Hilary Clinton a woman who had to change her name and take her husband’s name because people would not vote for her husband if she had kept her name. A woman that for many Americans they still need to see a woman in domestic terms before they can concede a little power to her politically. We don’t think that of men.”