Chimamanda Adichie is an inspiration.

“I was also an early writer. And when I began to write, at age seven, I wrote exactly the kinds of stories I was reading. All my characters were white and blue eyed. They played in the snow and ate apples. They talked about the weather, how lovely it was that the sun had come out. Now, this despite the fact that I lived in Nigeria. I had never been outside Nigeria. We didn’t have snow. We ate mangoes. And we never talked about the weather, because there was no need to.
My characters also drank a lot of ginger beer because the characters in the British books I read drank ginger beer. Never mind that I had no idea what ginger beer was.
This demonstrates how impressionable and vulnerable we are in the face of a story, particularly as children. Because all I had read were books in which characters were foreign, I had become convinced that books, by their very nature, had to have foreigners in them, and had to be about things with which I could not personally identify…..”


Read about her here.


2 Comments

  1. Ali says:

    Very, very cool post. That is really interesting video. I’ve read about precursors and the burden of influence before, but I really was fascinated/intrigued by her story. Thank you for sharing this! I’d never hear of this author before. She is inspirational and wonderful. I haven’t read her writing yet — but from just watching the video, I am a fan.

  2. Jenifer says:

    I saw this awhile back and was impressed enough to buy one of her books…Half of a Yellow Sun. Really, really interesting read. So if you get a chance to pick up one of her books, I do recommend them.
    Thanks for sharing the video, too. I think I’ll go watch it again later. :)

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