Popular Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Adichie has said she doesn’t consider herself as an ambassador of Nigeria, adding that she detests certain things about the nation.
The award winning author made this known in a chat with TheAfricaReport
According to her: “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,” Adichie said.
“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 be who I am today if I wasn’t all of those things.”
The ‘Purple Hibiscus’ novelist, also opened up on why she initially 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,” she added.
“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.”
TheNewsGuru recalls that back in March, Adichie made headlines after she denied the plagiarism claims of Anne Giwa-Amu, a Welsh author and lawyer, with respect to her historic novel ‘Half of A Yellow Sun’.