Nigerian novelist-cum-feminist, Chimamanda Adichie says she doesn’t see herself as an ambassador of Nigeria. She added that she hates certain things about Nigeria.
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The 42-year-old Nobel Prize nominee said in an interview with The African Report, speaking about her convictions about colonialism, politics, and pop culture when she was asked if her global brand stands in as an ambassador for Nigeria.
“No. I am an ambassador for myself. I don’t represent Nigeria; there are things about Nigeria I don’t like. But, at the same time, I am very very proud of my Nigerian identity,”
“I was born and raised in Nigeria, which I didn’t leave until I was 19. I’m proud to be Nigerian, I’m proud to be African, I’m proud to be Igbo. I won’t who I am today if I wasn’t all of those things.”
Chimamanda also spoke about why she refused an American passport.
“For a long time, I didn’t want to become a US citizen because I believed that part of the experience of being Nigerian is experiencing the humiliations of traveling on a Nigerian passport,”
“But I changed my mind about US citizenship after my father was kidnapped in 2015 and it was the American embassy in Lagos and not the Nigerian government who helped my family.
“They even sent a therapist to my father after he was released. I now plan to become an American citizen at some point, but I guess I’m still delaying it.”
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has earned huge recognition for her works, which have been translated into several languages, receiving the United Nations Foundation’s Global Leadership Award in 2019.