Chimamanda Adichie who sat for an interview with online entertainment publication, Vulture, talked about motherhood, how it affected her writing career and how she feels she feels sorry for men because they can’t have the experience of giving birth.
Chimamanda Adichie who has been known to court controversies with her viewpoints, disclosed that she thought she would not be a good mother because she was “so dedicated to [her] art”. The mother who opened up “a new emotional plane” that has contributed to her art positively, said in the interview;
“My baby happened, and it’s important to talk honestly about this, because having her changed a lot.
“Having a child gets in the way of writing. It does. You can’t own your time the way you used to.
“But the other thing that motherhood does — and I kind of feel sorry for men that they can’t have this — is open up a new emotional plane that can feed your art.”
“I said to myself, I have nephews and nieces who I adore, and I helped raise them, so those will be my children. That’s what I thought for a long time, because I felt that I couldn’t be true to both my art and my child.”
On what changed her mind about motherhood, Chimamanda Adichie said;
“Getting older. I like to joke and say that you’re ready [to have a child] when your body isn’t ready, and when your body is ready, you’re not mentally ready.
“I guess you have the best eggs when you’re like 22; but at 22, you don’t even know yourself.
“Then when you’re 38 and know yourself, your eggs are not the best quality. Anyway, we’ll talk about eggs another time.”
Chimamanda Adichie ignited controversies in June 2018, after she claimed she has a problem with men holding doors for women in an interview with Trevor Noah.