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Chimamanda at the 2016 Vanity Fair International Best Dressed List at Saks Fifth Avenue in September 2016 | Beyonce on stage on the ‘The Formation World Tour’ Santa Clara in September 2016

In a new interview with Dutch publication de Volkskrant, Award-winning Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has commented for the first time on Beyoncé’s feminism. Beyoncé used fragments of Chimamanda’s TED Talk “We should all be feminists” in her song “***Flawless“. However, Chimamanda says ‘her type of feminism is not mine, as it is the kind that gives quite a lot of space to the necessity of men’.

de Volkskrant says in the months following the release of the song the big question was: what did Adichie, whose novel Americanah markedly climbed on the bestseller lists, actually think of this collaboration? This remained unclear, as in later interviews with the writer Beyoncé was hardly mentioned, and if she was, it only solicited a benign smile or ‘no comment’.

Now she has spoken…

Read Excerpts below.

On Beyonce being Lovely
‘In the first place: of course Beyoncé asked permission to use my texts, and I did give her permission. I think she’s lovely and I am convinced that she has nothing but the best intentions. In addition, Beyoncé is a celebrity of the first order and with this song she has reached many people who would otherwise probably never have heard the word feminism, let alone gone out and buy my essay.’

On media attention after the song’s release
‘But I was shocked about how many requests for an interview I received when that song was released. Literally every major newspaper in the world wanted to speak with me about Beyoncé. I felt such a resentment (laughs loudly). I thought: are books really that unimportant to you? Another thing I hated was that I read everywhere: now people finally know her, thanks to Beyoncé, or: she must be very grateful. I found that disappointing. I thought: I am a writer and I have been for some time and I refuse to perform in this charade that is now apparently expected of me: “Thanks to Beyoncé, my life will never be the same again.” That’s why it didn’t speak about it much.’

On Beyonce’s style of feminism & her view on Feminism
We women should spend about 20 per cent of our time on men but otherwise we should also be talking about our own stuff

Beyoncé was applauded for her ‘coming out’ as a feminist, but she also received a lot of criticism, such as that she was only embracing feminism for commercial reasons and that her sexy outfits and shallow lyrics were incompatible with feminist ideas. Adichie has this to say:

‘Her style is not my style, but I do find it interesting that she takes a stand in political and social issues, since a few years. She portrays a woman who is in charge of her own destiny, who does her own thing, and she has girl power. I am very taken with that.’

‘Still, her type of feminism is not mine, as it is the kind that, at the same time, gives quite a lot of space to the necessity of men. I think men are lovely, but I don’t think that women should relate everything they do to men: did he hurt me, do I forgive him, did he put a ring on my finger? We women are so conditioned to relate everything to men. Put a group of women together and the conversation will eventually be about men. Put a group of men together and they will not talk about women at all, they will just talk about their own stuff. We women should spend about 20 per cent of our time on men, because it’s fun, but otherwise we should also be talking about our own stuff.’

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207 Comments

  1. femfem

    October 8, 2016 at 9:08 pm

    Gosh I just love Chimamanda.

    • Lacey

      October 8, 2016 at 11:56 pm

      As you love her, she should have not married now! She just cuts across as cocky ! Beyoncé feminism is the best type of feminism ! Who you epp! Yes she helped you reach a lot of people,who had no clue who you were ! Whether you resent her or not, that’s your problem! I have never read any of her books and I never plan to read anyone! If you know you did not like her, that you don’t represent same kind of feminism , then you should not have given her permission to use your line! Hypocrite!

    • Funmi

      October 9, 2016 at 11:27 am

      What primary school did you attend? Please go back and learn essay compression. Then come back and read this article again. Maybe, just maybe you will understand it.
      It will do you some good to read some of Adichie’s works to understand her before you display your ignorance on subjects you do not understand.

    • Tired

      October 9, 2016 at 11:35 am

      THere are different types of feminism. I’m surprised that no one cared to point this out. Don’t suggest what someone should practice; Practice yours, chimamanda will practice hers, Beyoncé will practice hers. Different people are into political revolution but some are socialist, some are capitalists. Nigerians largely lack comprehensive skills, and the fact that these are adults probably in their 30s is really worrying. Feminism ranges from 1st wave to 3rd wave, radical feminism, cultural feminism etc Some just want equal rights e.g. Beyoncé, some want that and the total deconstruction of gender roles and patriarchal power struggles e.g. Chimamanda. Chimamanda and most Nigerian women go the extra mile because they’re Nigerian where marriage is the first order. You can’t really blame them. I hope you now understand, and others do too.

    • Oke

      October 9, 2016 at 12:43 pm

      Lacey #sharrapp!

    • Seriously

      October 9, 2016 at 10:17 pm

      You like Beyonce feminism? lol I told y’all Nigerian women are ratchet. I guess, the ghetto crew hijack BN or their true colors is coming out. I knew these BN commenters weren’t as posh, and put together like they always try to portray.
      No need to insult Chimamanda Adichie just because she ain’t bowing down to Bey. What she said is not condescending, it’s the truth. Beehives mafia need to get lost. Beyonce’s feminism is sex sells and sell your sexuality. Seduce men and use your body to be successful. Majority of her songs is about men including her “female empowerment” song single ladies, it’s still about a man putting a ring on it. But isn’t that what feminism fight for women should not be seen as sexual objects but there’s more to them. So, if a woman constantly has her boobs and ass out, how do you see beyond that.. Chimamanda is a true feminist, she’s not saying hate men but women there’s live to just men and marriage.

    • Me

      October 9, 2016 at 10:29 pm

      Chimamanda is a hypocrite that only beats to the tune of where her money comes from. How ungrateful. Beyonce had your permission to use those lines, and my dear she made you way more popular. Just show some gratitude. You can say you dont share rhe same belief, but don’t dare say you hated that people noticed you through her. Just in case you haven’t noticed.. success is not all dependant on reading

    • jade edo babe

      October 12, 2016 at 8:21 pm

      Bella naija your ads are irritating one of the reasons i don’t visit as much as before. Chai,the way naijababes defend Beyonce and kim kardashian is interesting sha because they will pour insult upon insult if these women are Naija. Look at Toke, she doesn’t post nudes anywhere or show her yansh but constantly being picked on. This same babes preaching decency, being classy blah blah
      Oh, na money and fame dey talk. Majority Naija babes are too superficial and confused. It’s hard to take them serious.
      Isn’t it true their feminism is different and she clarified it which there’s nothing wrong with. It’s like Obama sayingy his game of politics is different than Trump. But they both inspire some in different ways. Adichie is not saying to hell with men she’s obviously married but the way women are obsessed with men and marriage, it’s like no life outside of this two topic. Have an identity outside a man period. Women discuss men more than the other way around. Men talk about money, sports,politics, business, drinking, women etc But women gathering men topic has to come in, go look at the main reason for most fights, grudges between women na men. . We don’t empower ourselves outside of men the way we should.

    • LemmeRant

      October 9, 2016 at 8:15 am

      I’m still waiting for the day this babe will say something that doesn’t go along the line of “I am a feminist………”, “feminism is my…………………..”, “my feminism is ………………..”, “this feminism of mine sef………………..”

      You know, there’s more to life than feminism.

    • Tina

      October 9, 2016 at 9:03 am

      This is a classic example of a woman bashing a successful woman. Women are truly their own worst enemies. So she asked to use your write up and you said yes even when you do not appreciate her type of feminism, now you’re jealous that she’s more recognized than you, girl please. Never a fan of both of them

    • Terv

      October 9, 2016 at 10:31 am

      What you really should have gotten from this interview is that Adichie is a strong proud might i add hugely successful African writer who refuses to view Beyonce’s inclusion of her work as validation of her success. I am uber proud of that and you should be too.

    • Damilola

      October 9, 2016 at 10:37 pm

      @Tina
      You are an airhead. Go to sleep. I swear, too many airheads posing as smarty walking around. Adichie’s comment does not translate into jealousy and envy.
      She simply said Beyonce mentioning her name in one of her songs is not the end of the world. She rightly has her own accomplishment, respect and success outside of Beyonce. And her work should be what people should take interest in. We live in a generation where majority are followers, confused and live their life based on popularity. Fame is more important than intelligence, integrity and having your own mind. This is prime example of how people know kim k or Beyonce than the name of their governor in their state. And you wonder why the society is going downhill.

    • Nene

      October 9, 2016 at 3:10 pm

      Chi chi beke. I love her for clarifying this. I also said this when Beyoncé used her stuff. Beyoncé is not a feminist in the true sense of the word, and I don’t get the whole girl power movement she preaches as it is confusing and often time aggressive

    • Suali

      October 9, 2016 at 3:21 pm

      Guys sit back, grab a cool drink, read the comments, smile and watch the original feminist vs the real feminist, the feminist vs non feminist do battle. Chimamanda vs Beyonce type of feminism. ??.

    • Sibo

      October 10, 2016 at 12:16 pm

      @seriously I suppose you are posh because you CAN say sentences using Y’ALL and RATCHET . YOU post daft little comments on Bella blog site ( we all know Bella’s right up there NEXT TO the New York Times) . Oh and of cause you are soooooo posh because you read POPULAR FICTION AND OTHERS JUST LISTEN TO POPULAR MUSIC. THANK GOD CHIMA HAS OPENNED YOUR EYES AND YOU HAVE SEEN THE LIGHT AND BECOME POSH. EWU POSH MTCHEWWWWWWW. GO AND CUT OF ALL YOUR HAIR AND INJECT STEROIDS INTO YOUR CLIT SO WE KNOW YOU ARE A THOROUGHLY MORDERN DIKE WITH UPDATED HERMAPHRODITE FEATURES WHO DOESNT EVEN NEED TO GIVE A YEYE MAN A GLANCE TALKLESS OF 20% OF YOUR TIME.

    • Seriously

      October 10, 2016 at 1:07 pm

      @sibo
      Your anger is sipping out, yelling in capital letters and what not. Geez, take a deep breath. You are clearly the daft one. If you will stop yelling so much and apply your comprehension skills properly, you will understand I’m not pretending to be posh. All this time I thought these commenters were Adichie type of feminists based on what they express on here when it comes to their opinion on men, being independent, not marriage chasers and how they are quick to judge other women on sexuality and their behavior.. I can go on and on about the contradiction and how Nigerian women always put on a facade. But it’s refreshing to know they are lowkey Beyonce and Kim K type of feminists instead of pretending. lol

    • Cassandra

      October 10, 2016 at 1:38 pm

      Hehehehehehe please allow me plagiarise that sentence on thoroughly modern dick. Looool. Bella’s got the best commentators when it comes to throwing serious shade. Seriously though I wear sexy clothes because it makes me feel sexy, not to get the attention of men or bionic females on steroids. I see myself as a feminist because i do me.

  2. mr x

    October 8, 2016 at 9:16 pm

    Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie i admire your work. I remembered watching your ted talk couple of years back I was inspired read two of your books as well. Telling stories from your experiences and views. . Don’t get carried away trrying to be westernized. We have different history and obviously different experiences. . Quite disappointed that someone with you accolades still have crab mentality. There is nothing wrong in being a woman in charge(feminist) and loving a man a 100%.. I just hope you don’t loose it like Nina Simone. You should employ a publicist so you don’t come off as arrogant.

  3. De Duchess

    October 8, 2016 at 9:19 pm

    She has been shading Beyonce for a long time.
    There is another interview where they asked her how she feels about Beyonce featuring her TED talk, the answer she gave the interviewer was everything. She basically told him, she was relevant even before Beyonce chose to join the feminism train. She did not say it that way but that was what I got from it.

    Then there is the Guardian interview—– another lovely response to the Beyonce hype.
    I love Chimamanda so much, another person would be so eager to exhalt Beyonce for validation but I love how she says it as she feels it. I may not agree with her opinion on some things, but Chimamanda is goals.
    Bold, fearless, charismatic and the most intelligent person I am yet to meet.

    • Frank teacher

      October 8, 2016 at 9:37 pm

      Sweetheart, you should go out more, seriously? Most intelligent? Haba!

    • Olsnetwork

      October 8, 2016 at 9:44 pm

      Lol…. Savage

  4. CovertNigerian

    October 8, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    As Trump has recently demonstrated, when among friends, men very often talk about women too – hopefully in generally far more polite terms. I cannot pretend to know what it’s like to be a woman or what women talk about when there are no men around, but this seems like a fairly broad and potentially unreasonable generalization by Chimamanda. All of us, men and women, spend a lot of time thinking about relationships and how they’re going.
    She’s an extremely intelligent woman, I just wish there was more of an explanation as to what the ‘necessity of men’ means. I guess it’s possible that she provided more context during the interview that editing has removed.

    • Abena

      October 8, 2016 at 10:24 pm

      Donald Trump is the best example of a man you could give?

    • ATL's finest

      October 8, 2016 at 10:52 pm

      ??????of all people

    • Marlvina

      October 8, 2016 at 11:09 pm

      LOL. Well, at the moment ironically he’s the perfect example, to say men in groups talk about women also.

  5. Lucinda

    October 8, 2016 at 9:38 pm

    Thank you for being you and honest. I have never seen Beyoncé as a feminist/activist, that woman just likes copying and guming body to whatever is hype to draw attention to her brand. When she was still networking and hustling her way into the spotlight, she was not feminist/activist anything. All those her get me bodied days was capitalising on her sexiness. I understand that people evolve but I’m not buying it. I have Raid and Mobil for any beehive who perches near this comment. Lol.

    • Yawn

      October 9, 2016 at 8:59 am

      Feminism isn’t a trend. As long as you are a woman, you are a feminist by default… Because you live in a world where men are glorified. So chastising someone because she decided to speak on the issue is foolish. Like how is that “copying”??? Grow up
      Same with the BLM movement. Instead of celebrating the fact these issues are getting more recognition, people complain about others “joining the party” late because they only decided to PUBLICISE their support now (despite the fact they’ve fought behind these scene for years over the same issues)

      Anyway this woman is so arrogant. If you didn’t like Beyoncé, why did you give permission for her to use your words as reference? Nigerians and their pretencious spirits.

    • Cee

      October 10, 2016 at 1:20 pm

      As long as you’re a woman, you’re a feminism by default?? Err….no. I know many women who do not believe they have or should have the same rights as men like in the political sphere or leading a church etc. Woman does not automatically equate feminism

    • Phoenix

      October 25, 2016 at 7:20 pm

      Hahaha girl you rock with this comment!!!! It took me a nanosecond to realize what you meant with the raid!!! Hahahha I wanna be ya gang member ?????

  6. Tiana

    October 8, 2016 at 9:40 pm

    Am not a fan of beyonce but i think this adichie lady is too judgemental n arrogant.. infact there is envy in her answer.. bet she doesnt like beyonce weave… wigs.. sexy dressing. She would prefer her to be natural hair.. long dresses.. beauty is being accepting of others.. i have one of her type in my circle of friends.. madam natural.. kokoko woman.. any one who is finer or relaxes her hair is in hot water.. ladies you know we all have met or know ppl like this..

    • Oh please

      October 8, 2016 at 10:03 pm

      I’m sorry But Adichie is physically more beautiful than Beyoncé. Envy her? Beyoncé is an airhead still, all these ones she’s doing is to try not to appear as shallow as we know she really is.

    • swerve

      October 8, 2016 at 10:26 pm

      Sorry o Professor oh please. We can’t all be book smart. That’s why she forged her own part and is owning it! Who you epp with ur intelligence? Shift jare

    • Ewan

      October 9, 2016 at 12:37 am

      So a boss lady who makes millions through hard work, gets invites to the White House is a shallow air head. I take it you are anything but Beyoncé that’s why you write under a fictitious exclamation of a name. Thing is , nobody wants to be you. People like me want to put silly people like you in a hole and then throw that hole away. Yeye DEY smell mtchewwwwwww.

    • Yawn

      October 9, 2016 at 9:08 am

      Sorry oh Einstein. Also I didn’t realise you were close friends with Beyoncé to know she is an “airhead”… Where has your own intelligence gotten you? This same airhead changed the way her industry operates and her marketing strategy is a course in universities- refer to Harvard’s case study for more clarification.
      You judgemental Nigerians kill me honestly. Because she chooses to be sexy and sing songs embracing her sexuality, she must be a fake feminist and a dumb individual.
      Anyway Chimamanda and her fans are the same. Superiority complex of the highest order- once people don’t act, look, talk, dress or walk like you… They must be inferior. Rubbish

    • Makasyn

      October 9, 2016 at 1:11 pm

      Airhead kwa? Who your brainhead don epp?

    • Seriously

      October 8, 2016 at 11:47 pm

      So, you are upset Ms Adichie is not kissing Beyonce’s ass and try to be politically correct.
      In a normal world, people should want to know Chimamanda adichie than a woman known for shaking her ass and wearing leotard. So yeah, it’s an insult. And yes it’s a sad generation we live in.
      And I’m glad she made it clear her feminism is different than Beyonce because one stands for actual female empowerment the other still pushes more male dependent and approval.
      Time to differentiate feminism bcos some women have ir the wrong meaning to what it stands for.

    • Ewan

      October 9, 2016 at 12:42 am

      Tthats one expensive piece of ass. She’s a female who embraces her female form. She no lay on her back , she shake that ass for her art. Maybe you should remove the pole from up your ass and shake it a bit.

    • Oh please

      October 9, 2016 at 10:34 pm

      Typical of Beyoncé fans to respond without thought or construct; resorting to ghetto and vile speak. Beyoncé is an airhead. Someone who said Jesus allows her to dress sexy on stage and go almost naked for entertainment but He wouldn’t permit a Madonna/Britney Spears stunt; like she is any better; the nerve she had to distinguish her own stage ungodliness from theirs. It is the same judgment and hellfire all of them will face. And for all you so called Christians that are Beehiving, what a shame.
      Thanks for acknowledging my intelligence.

  7. AceOfSpades

    October 8, 2016 at 9:42 pm

    My feminism and your feminism no be same *in Wizkid’s voice*

    • kaka

      October 9, 2016 at 12:44 am

      Noooo! It sounds better in salawa abeni’s voice ?
      Feminism temi tie ki se bakano.

  8. Netizen

    October 8, 2016 at 9:49 pm

    Thank God for the kind of friends I have. Half the time we’re talking about our own stuff. And i mean relevant stuff. It’s not bad to talk about men but that being the only topic you ever talk about just shows lack of self sufficiency.
    Truth be told, a lot of women are guilty of this. Where I disagree is that men don’t talk about women. You’d be surprised. They just happen to be a little more coded.

  9. Inna Leigh

    October 8, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    That last paragraph is so key and she is SO right. I never even though about it in that light.
    Very refreshing point of view and I am glad she speaks her truth.

  10. ade

    October 8, 2016 at 10:08 pm

    Most men face their purpose in life squarely and would only talk about women for recreation but lots of women go on as if their main existence is based on men. So what I gathered from Chimamanda’s article is that women should be more productive and have goals, just like men. Which isn’t a bad thing.

    • Nene

      October 9, 2016 at 3:13 pm

      Gbam

  11. babygiwa

    October 8, 2016 at 10:10 pm

    Lol. You need new friends.
    Women talk about other important things apart from men and Beyonce ‘s type of feminism is definitely not your type too. She’s her own person and we are all allowed to be different.
    Oshi

    • BlueEyed

      October 9, 2016 at 5:09 am

      I respect Ms Adichie a lot but on this topic, she is doing the most, she does not have a patent to feminism and how women should define their own feminist reality, who says a group of men don’t discuss women, and in 2016 as a woman if all your circle discusses is men then I’m worried for you. Now, another artist (whether you like it or not music is art and Beyoncé is a force on her own, irrespective of how you see her, that woman is talented and she has put in the work for everything she has today) she out of respect for your own work put you in her song now whether you like or dislike the attention it is bringing you no need to make shady comments about it, a lot of women will respect your work and irrespective of how you perceive their feminist stance, your art has gained you respect in their eyes, you are the celebrity here not her, all this talk she gave is completely unnecessary.

    • Doubra

      October 9, 2016 at 6:55 am

      Truth be told u d only commenter making loads of sense here. U said it all. Gosh peeps are different so sup wit adichie emphasizing on her own kinda feminism n all, she actually started sounding unreasonable when she differentiated what her feminism stands for. Cos it’s real obvious she tryna cause some kinda drama among fans on both sides. N trust me dat statement is so malicious and arrogant. She should grow up, being brainy doesn’t mean maturity biko.

    • Yawn

      October 9, 2016 at 9:14 am

      God bless you! I am so amazed this woman and her sheep think they created feminism and can therefor dictate who is allowed to speak on the issue. No one said worship celebrities but don’t act pretentious like the attention you got wasn’t a good thing. Someone helped your essay gain recognition and you are complaining. She literally shed light on what you’re most passionate about yet you’re crying. Oh please… Spare us the bs.
      Says a lot about you and your female friends if all you talk about is men. Don’t generalise sha and assume everyone else does the same
      Last comment from me anyway. Just never realised how conceited this woman is

  12. sweet breeze

    October 8, 2016 at 10:23 pm

    Very condescending woman! I know it hurts but a lot of people (African’s not inclusive) didn’t know you until Beyonce featured the excerpt from your speech in her song. If you felt that ”airhead, vocabulary challenged, leotard wearing Beyonce” wasn’t worthy, you shouldn’t have given permission for her to use your speech in the first place. Now that you have reaped the benefits u’re talking about how her feminism isn’t your feminism? Are there different kinds of feminism? Didn’t you say we should all be feminists and isn’t women bringing down other women against the tenets of feminism? Beyonce is a feminist, so is Amber and even Kim. They don’t have to wear skirt suits and natural hair or have a degree from Harvard to be taken serious. Girl bye!

    • Babym

      October 8, 2016 at 10:42 pm

      May God Bless you for this. U just spoke my mind.

    • Ellena

      October 8, 2016 at 10:52 pm

      I wish I could like your comment a million times.

    • ATL's finest

      October 8, 2016 at 11:02 pm

      Lol Im Nigerian and I guarantee U that my cousins & me never knew who she was until this song came out. I mean she sound so rude & arrogant. Yes come for me people but the truth of the matter is she’s just there.. I don’t droll over her. Like U said, she could ve turned Beyonce’s request down but she didn’t hmmmm now she’s acting all ishy. Aunty Writer count your blessings while U can.

    • Suali

      October 9, 2016 at 6:01 pm

      I simple don’t believe you. Why? You have been following and commenting on bellanaija for years now and they post a lot of things about Chimamanda and her we must all be feminist iss. So you simply cannot claim that you only knew her after the beyonce song which came out recently, please clarify yourself.

    • bijouxthisbijouthat

      October 10, 2016 at 12:24 pm

      I put it to you that YOU ARE LYING!!!!! I wish someone would dig up a comment of yours under Chimamanda….Like how they dig up all those old tweets…
      If you are the ATL’s finest who has been commenting here on BN, then my dear, you are a liar for saying you had never heard of her… Haba…
      Must you discredit her success to come across as a cool Beyhive? Hian

    • dilish

      October 10, 2016 at 12:29 pm

      Madam suali….when i see stories about people i dont know on bella naija, i skip it. Its very possible she doesnt know who chimamanda is! I didnt even know who olamide was till very recently. She might even read the story but wont feel the need to memorize the name. Who chimamanda epp???? Its because of beyonce i began to pay attention to feminism. (not that i care for it anyways. Nigerians have made me hate the term feminist)

    • Seriouslyi

      October 11, 2016 at 1:25 pm

      @ATL finest You are a liar. You’ve practically lived on here and there are several posts on chimamanda Adichie before Beyonce song. You and your cousin should read a book, “dummies for commom sense”. Its not cute to brag about being dumb. My 10 yr old cousin read her book and she’s white. So Nigerians claiming they knew her through beyonce is stupid and embarrasing to throw shade like that. So no excuse for being ignorant.

    • Bella Naija Mopol

      October 9, 2016 at 12:08 am

      Your comment makes no actual sense. A LOT of people knew who Chimamanda was before the Beyonce song. Don’t confuse your personal bias with public opinion. Why shouldn’t she feel the right to not engage with the idea of Beyonce having an influence on her career? She already made the point, which shows she is well aware that it gave her even more of a platform.

      MANY women writers who are renowned for their work and stance on feminism have given their own opinions on Beyonce’s feminism: Maya Angelou is another example. She has stated over and over how much she doesn’t not agree with Beyonce’s feminism. Please use your head to think critically and make comments.

    • Abena

      October 9, 2016 at 12:28 am

      Chimamanda doesn’t need validation from anyone. She had won several international book awards prior to Beyonce; so to say people outside the continent didn’t know her is a function of your own ignorance.

    • ATL's finest

      October 9, 2016 at 1:12 am

      Pls speak for yourself @ Abena.. Must we know everyone? Not all American writers I like either so please have several seats & weather U like it or NOT, that Beyonce’s line blew it UP & all over. Let’s be honest here for onc . Yes she doesn’t need any validation from anyone & kudos to her hand work but speaking down on Beyonce isn’t called for either. So DON’T call me ignorant when u don’t know me ✌✌✌ U that read a lot, u should ve better vocabularies to talk to someone instead of referring to someone as ignorant.

    • eyong

      October 9, 2016 at 1:06 am

      It;s not her fault that you don’t read, or are not educated enough to know the few Nigerians actually representing the country beyond it’s borders. Like it or not, she was already one of the most influencial nigerians in the diaspora prior to Beyonce, and just because she PERMITTED Beyonce to use her work it doesn’t mean she owes Beyonce anything.

    • Abena

      October 9, 2016 at 11:37 am

      My dear @ATL’s finest. I am a Ghanaian, and I had read Chimamanda’s books before I knew a Beyonce song (I still don’t know any Beyonce songs).

      It has everything to do with preference…different you, different me. Just because you hadn’t heard of her prior to Beyonce doesn’t mean someone in Japan hadn’t read her book.

    • Kkay

      March 9, 2017 at 1:49 pm

      @eyong…. Well-spoken!
      I observed that most serious posts on BN attracts few or no comments as opposed to the flood of comments on celebrity news and social events.
      It’s no surprise that some of these people could not understand Chimamada.

    • musingsofjudgejudyjudy

      October 9, 2016 at 10:49 am

      Hear, hear!!!

    • nikky

      October 9, 2016 at 1:05 pm

      Yes. There are different types of feminism. Just because they are successful women in their fields does not mean that their struggles and challenges are the same. Gender inequality in Hollywood or the American music industry is not the same as gender inequality in any industry in Nigeria.

    • Weezy

      October 9, 2016 at 4:21 pm

      I’m disappointed in Chimamanda. There is nothing to be gained by criticizing another feminist because she is not like you.

    • ANon

      October 9, 2016 at 4:32 pm

      Actually there ARE different types of feminism. So the entire premise of your argument is wrong. The end

    • Xoxo

      October 9, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      @sweet breeze Gbam gbam gbam. I totally agree with your comment except the not knowing her part. I have read her books and short stories and I must confess that I fell in love with her from the minute I started reading purple hibiscus few years ago. But lately I’ve been getting the vibe that she’s arrogant and this kinda confirms it. I’m not a fan of Beyoncé but to speak of her so condescendingly is just distasteful. Coming from someone of your caliber. Someone in the comment section called Beyonce an airhead….smh. You can dissociate yourself from something without coming of as throwing a shade at the person. You are not a vagabon or reality tv star. Feminism is not about tearing other women down. Just because beyonce’s feminism in your words “gives quite a lot of space to the necessity of men” doesn’t make her less of a feminist. Please this thing is not a battle of the sexes, there’s a huge difference between feminists and men haters. Not all women sit around and gist about men for the rest of the day and btw men spend part of their time discussing women, Feminism is about gender equality and equity in social, political and cultural aspects of the society. Beyonce has those she inspires just as you have those you inspire. We girls need to stick together. You can be a feminist and still be devoted to your husband?. Feminism is not an excuse for rebellion or stubbornness. Chimamanda you’re gradually loosing a fan. Was this necessary ? “I do find it interesting that she takes a stand in political and social issues, since a few years.” Is it a competition of who started first and what not? I’m really disappointed. Whether she started today or last night it shouldn’t matter. The main aim of feminism should be empowering each other and Beyonce does that either through her music, charity, etc. so Biko no feminism is better than the other. We ladies should strive to be stronger TOGETHER.

    • Idomagirl

      October 11, 2016 at 2:34 am

      But she never said Beyonce wasn’t a feminist…

  13. Dolly

    October 8, 2016 at 10:25 pm

    I like that she’s never the one with the political correctness bullish, she’s very much say it like you mean it but;

    Dear Chimamanda, take it down a notch and tone that unsavory vibe you be giving lately. I get you ain’t trying to have Beyonce take credit for your spot in the limelight but honestly she gets some. While you had success and minimal exposure nationally before ‘FLAWLESS’ it wasn’t till that song that your name became international success (Just as u agreed she exposed you to wider audience)

    I applaud you not running with that wave, that “OMG Beyonce had me on her song” (not like its wrong if you choose to) but don’t underplay the success she brought you. An average American , British or even Canadian knows your name now but still cant mention one piece of your work.

    As for your feminism B.S well miss with that, keep misleading these young girls while you married privately, had a baby quietly and cater to your husband 100% on the low but step out to act like no woman needs a man to complete her. Keep selling it to those who don’t see right through you.

    So while you are eloquently riding on your high horse, remember to respect the tiniest light those before you throw your way. Your well-polished, queens English response to that question every time is borderline ARROGANT.

    • Mama

      October 8, 2016 at 10:52 pm

      So getting married and having a baby means that she can’t be a feminist? ‘I didn’t know being a feminist is synonymous with being single and barren. ‘She caters to her husband 100% on the low’: how can you tell since it is supposed to be ‘on the low’. The assumptions in your comment are ridiculous!

    • Dolly

      October 8, 2016 at 11:56 pm

      No you re’ ridiculous, did she do those things- No?? Low coz she’s never (hardly maybe) seen with her hubby, thereby creating this whole perfect feminist persona, see that was no brainer. I could say you re’ in your 40’s, single, lonely and desperately looking for a man but take solace in being a feminist, now that’s an assumption….get it?

    • pettigrew

      October 9, 2016 at 12:10 am

      ”Still, her type of feminism is not mine, as it is the kind that, at the same time, gives quite a lot of space to the necessity of men. I think men are lovely, but I don’t think that women should relate everything they do to men: did he hurt me, do I forgive him, did he put a ring on my finger? We women are so conditioned to relate everything to men. Put a group of women together and the conversation will eventually be about men.”.
      Sweety read between those lines. Does this woman have a personal vendetta against men?? She isn’t intelligent as I thought. feminism is the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. Wanting a man to put a ring on your finger or catering to your man doesn’t make you any less of a feminist. Sigh! I’m just tired

    • Mama

      October 9, 2016 at 9:13 am

      And the vicious circle of ridiculousness continues.Your response makes no iota of sense to me. “She is never seen with her husband”; so how does that affect her feminist views? What even brought her husband into this conversation? Looks like you’re the 4th member of their family since you seem to know the silent happenings there. Can’t we discuss a woman based on her own merits alone? Gosh! The obsession with men is appalling.

    • Dolly

      October 9, 2016 at 2:12 pm

      Goodness that’s all you could make out of my explanation of being ‘LOW’ that you questioned in the first place? You can’t even hold on to a subject and argue your points out if your last breathe depended on it, can you?
      And your protege Cindy regurgitating, turning my example of assumption (shade or nah) into fact is not only sickening but says a lot bout you two.

      I won’t explain further, or help y’all outta your own misery.
      I see its a bunch of air head and probably butter face finding reasons to validate their lack of attraction or need for men, well excuse this sexy lady to go cater to her man….deuces!!

    • Mama

      October 9, 2016 at 3:52 pm

      ???…airhead and butter face, you funny no be small. It always shows when one is debating with a minor. Oya, let it rest, you have won; are you happy now? The nerve!

    • ATL's finest

      October 8, 2016 at 10:58 pm

      God bless U DOLLY! Till this day, I thought her name was Chidinma until recently sha I figured it out. Second, I still don’t know what her work is all about other than the fact she’s a writer. But when “flawless” came out & it got folks talking, that’s when I knew she liveth.

    • ade

      October 8, 2016 at 11:10 pm

      Obviously you don’t read. Go and read Americanah would you? Ignorance is out of vogue.

    • Dolly

      October 9, 2016 at 12:12 am

      So is lack of comprehension and obviously you lack that no.1 essential for reading.
      Don’t come for mines till she send for you….oh hi ATL {**}

    • ATL's finest

      October 9, 2016 at 1:16 am

      @ Ade u too have sever seats & take some Zanex to calm your nerves down. Y’all call someone ignorant just bcuz we don’t know her work/her *hiss* it is by force?? I don’t know all American writes but hell I stay reading those books. So y’all be truthful here & for the fact that y’all don’t see the rudeness or cockiness In this interview of how she’s not respecting Beyonce bothers me.

    • A.M

      October 9, 2016 at 3:13 am

      So much ignorance allover this comment! Ah ahn! You’re not making much sense anymore , pls dont comment anymore. You should hide your head in shame if you didn’t know her correct name or heard about her works bfr flawless.. tell me how knowledgeable that makes you? Shouldn’t know a bit of everything? No man knows it all but with the way you’ve been up and about this matter one would expect you should be a confirmed ITK!

    • Wack

      October 9, 2016 at 3:22 pm

      You’ve always striked me as an educated illiterate, now you have just confirmed my assumption

    • Kpekus

      October 8, 2016 at 11:08 pm

      You couldn’t have said it any better.

    • BC

      October 9, 2016 at 3:07 am

      Your 4Th paragraph is everything. She married a decent man with professional status, had a baby on the low, clearly enjoys being a wife and the necessary submission to a man that marriage requires (if it must work), and yet chants feminism at every turn. She has realized people are turned off by her hard stand on it and is distancing herself from it now. Those who are deluded by her will continue to be my dear.

    • Cindy

      October 9, 2016 at 4:39 am

      As much as I don’t agree with all of what Chima said, your last paragraph just shows your level of intelligence. I’m a feminist and not a man hater. Feminists fall in love to. Feminists can choose to be homely too. Feminists respect theirs spouses too. Feminist get married too and we also love children. The bone of contention here is “freedom of choice.” If you interpret a feminist has being a bitter, single, man hater, it shows you’re not very smart in spite of this your long epistle. And if this is sort of a joke to you, please stop. Your line of reasoning is getting very stale.

    • Mama

      October 9, 2016 at 9:17 am

      Don’t mind the myopic human being. He/she expects that if one is a feminist the person must automatically be miserable.

    • kilipot

      October 9, 2016 at 12:34 pm

      But that’s the exact vibe Chimamanda is oozing.
      You can be married or not, have kids or not, love sex or not. That I talk about men doesn’t automatically make me an idiot, that I don’t talk about men also shouldn’t be a problem. Isnt feminism about equality/equity anymore??
      Pitching women against men will not end well many years to come ( especially when you go ahead to marry and have a baby) Where did she get her 20% statistics from? There’s no one way to feminism, just as there’s no poster child for it.
      You downplay Beyonce but then u gave her permission to use your material, that in my opinion is hypocritical.

      I believe both genders need one another, Let’s spread love instead and start from raising the next generation of children on what is fair and acceptable, and not this unnecessary madness.

      Hating on men,being condescending to your fellow women, generally hating on everything is not Feminism, it is something else and that person needs help.

    • What

      October 9, 2016 at 5:34 pm

      @not cool, It is a lie and wrong generation that women are regarded and known only for having a vagina. Please stop spreading false stereotypes, Nigeria is a conservative nation that is opposed to display of sexuality openly for both men and women. You raised other valid points but please stop the generalization.

    • Not cool

      October 9, 2016 at 9:39 am

      When you grow up as a girl/woman in Nigeria, society and that includes everyone, male, female, mother, father, brother, sister, aunty, uncle, cousins etc, they teach you that as a woman ‘you are the value of your vagina’. Chimamanda grew up in Nigeria, her perspective as a woman is Nigerian. When you grow up in a Western culture, you are born free as an individual first with no inhibitions, you are female second.
      This is the difference between Chimamanda and Beyonce. One was raised without questions and inhibitions and the other was raised ‘as a vagina’ . One will always be free and comfortable with her sexuality and the other will always have a sort of conscience about being female. Chimamanda’s response is reflective of her bitterness even though she probably refuses to acknowledge it. She is married because as a Nigerian you are worth nothing without a husband and a child. She is also conflicted because as a woman you want to be valued for who you are as a human being as opposed to only being relevant as a human once you have a ring on your finger and evidence that your ovaries are in good condition and work properly.
      Beyonce flaunts her sexuality in the face of men whereas Chimamanda tries not be sexual in her dressing. However, both women had to have had sex with their husbands to be married with kids. Which means Chimamanda’s husband sees her as a sexual object. That you don’t wear provocative clothes is irrelevant. He sees your breasts, ass and curves was attracted and married her as a woman not an asexual being. Don’t be a hypocrite about it. Sex is very important to all men. Nigerian men hit on everything freely and without inhibitions, this is why Nigerian women like Chimamanda are defensive about their sexuality and are fighting for relevance…aka feminism. Nigeria insults its women daily in so many ways.
      Nigeria is a place where men are free and women are not respected unless they are married with kids. The hierarchy is as follows: 1. Married with kids (these are the only respectable women in Nigeria) 2. Married without kids (if married for two years or more without, you have a problem and are a bad model, start looking to be replaced by your inlaws). 3. Age 20 -30 single but in the marriage market. Some respect will be given to you, because you’re still ‘on sale’ at this point. 4. Single 30-35. You are slowly passing your sell-by date and the nudges, winks and comments will soon start sounding like the howl of a hurricane in your ears. People are beginning to see you as a useless hoe at this point, with no focus and purpose in life but looking good around other people’s weddings and parties. Married men will hit on you relentlessly believing they are doing you a favour by ‘giving you a needed service’. They believe you are sexually frustrated at this age. 5. Single 35-50. Society has written you off as worthless, irresponsible and frustrated. In Nigeria you are the value of your vagina. If you are a married vagina with kids your ‘net worth’ is FTSE 100. If you are unmarried and over 35. Your stock ain’t worth nada. Bring on the prayers, juju and whatever else you think might work. Chimamanda may see Beyonce’s feminism differently, I think they both have a message for women worldwide. However, the perspectives are not the same. Chimamanda’s growing up in a village differs greatly from a girl that grew up in Houston. It is rude of her to be dismissive of Beyonce simply because she expresses herself differently.

    • Teju TJ

      October 9, 2016 at 5:33 pm

      How did you manage to come up with this garbage????

    • What

      October 9, 2016 at 5:42 pm

      @not cool, It is a lie and wrong generation that women are regarded and known only for having a vagina. Please stop spreading false stereotypes, Nigeria is a conservative nation that is opposed to display of sexuality openly for both men and women. You raised other valid points but please stop the generalization.

    • T2

      October 10, 2016 at 6:39 pm

      THe bigger question is how the daft comment earned so many likes?

    • nwanyi na aga aga

      October 11, 2016 at 5:54 pm

      Looool @Teju the thing was beyond me..Ah na wa o. No wonder in this naija so many people speaking English with zero comprehensive skills. o di egwu.

    • Not Cool

      October 15, 2016 at 1:31 am

      @ Teju TJ, What, T2 and nwanyi na aga aga. When I said ‘you are the value of your vagina’ I meant it metaphorically. I guess it went over your heads. But I see today that President Buhari has just proved my point when he said his wife belongs in the kitchen, living room and other room. He said this on the international stage, reducing all Nigerian women to ‘vagina’s’ not human beings that should have a voice or a place in society like men. He may have said it as a joke but the fact that he could even say this without any fear says a lot about how Nigerian women are viewed in society. So therefore I rest my case!!!

  14. Ify

    October 8, 2016 at 10:26 pm

    I have nothing but love and respect for this wonderful woman.

  15. Ms jazz

    October 8, 2016 at 10:41 pm

    I like chimamanda but she has been getting on my nerves lately. What’s this condescending tone all about madam? We all have our own ideas about feminism and what it means to each and everyone of us please! Tone it down abeg, you’re beginning to sound or come across a tad bit hypocritical

    • ATL's finest

      October 8, 2016 at 10:56 pm

      Thanks I thought I was the only one thinking this way. I won’t lie , I never knew her as a writer or whatsoever until Beyonce dropped the album ans everyone was talking about it then I paid attention closely. Yes, I get where Chimamanda is coming from but then again let’s be thankful for every opportunity we get our names involved with anywhere/everywhere.

    • Teju TJ

      October 9, 2016 at 5:50 pm

      You know there are some people that have never heard a Beyonce record right? In Chimamanda’s right, she is a world renown author. She has sold millions of books all over the world. I don’t agree that she should be thankful to Beyonce for ‘helping’ her. Beyonce did not help her. Beyonce had a record to sell and Chimamanda’s ted speech was good for her record. I don’t think Chimamanda went sourcing for musicians to feature her speech on their record. Beyoncé and her team probably sourced her.
      Be that as it may. I am a huge Chimamanda fan; however I don’t necessarily agree with this message. At least for me, Feminism is being able to live your life as you want. Not what society defines it as. In fact, I don’t even like the word ‘feminist’ and try to detach myself from the word. I just feel that why should i be treated wrongly or differently because I am woman? Doesn’t make sense. If Beyonce wants a ring or wants to forgive or be hurt – its her perogative and she is entitled to feeling that way. You should be able to talk about, write about or sing about whatever you want. I think part of it is owning ones sexuality. Why should I have to apologize for being a sexual person because I am a woman? Why should I walk into a room with a man and you acknowledge the man’s presence and not mine? I don’t get why that is happening. For example, at my baby’s first doctor’s visit, when I presented my insurance card, the nurse asked: “dad is the primary holder right?” Why did she automatically assume that? In this case, I actually was because his company’s premium were way more.
      The point is, don’t treat me differently because I am a woman. We are humans first before we are a sex.

    • Eni

      October 10, 2016 at 11:16 am

      I still don’t even know the song you guys are on about but I started reading Chimamanda’s books years ago when I did some research on Chinua Achebe and her name came up.
      Honestly, I think it depends – I read alot and some people listen to music. I would definitely know more about books and authors than musicians and songs.

    • nwanyi na aga aga

      October 11, 2016 at 5:58 pm

      Wait ehn in this beyonce song, pardon me the last song I heard and recognized as Beyonce’s was Rehab after that I moved on. So as I was saying did beyonce sing with Chimamanda’s name in this song, I really need to know and what is the name of this song? And if small people who have nothing doing have not heard about Chimamanda how did super busy Beyonce hear and even come to ask for permission? The fight in this comment section is mind boggling. Chimamanda said her feminism is different from Beyonce’s own. Why are you people angry? Is it not obvious? Hian!

  16. Babym

    October 8, 2016 at 10:48 pm

    I’m sorry, I find his chimamanda very annoying. What kind of arrogance is this? My feminisim is not ur feminisim kwa?? As if to say her feminisim is more superior. Mscheeww. I’m not buying her own type of feminisim then lol. If it is to stylishly rubbish another womans whole worth to the ‘necessity of men’!! Silly generalisations. How bout u get of ur high horse and stop being so judgmental. I can’t take her seriously again joor lol.

    • Vine

      October 9, 2016 at 1:03 pm

      What is wrong with ‘ My feminism is not ur feminism’. Some persons like making coments even when they know their minds are blank. Some people worship Beyounce, even when what she represents could be appalling. Continue making Beyounce ur demi god and know understand that Chimamanda has spoken very clearly that she can be different. If you have a problem with this, that is ur headache.

    • nwanyi na aga aga

      October 11, 2016 at 5:59 pm

      But is it not obvious that they both portray different kind of feminism? This Beyonce’s peoples’ anger surprise me.

  17. Busola

    October 8, 2016 at 10:59 pm

    I love talking about men, and I’m still a boss babe! Kini gbogbo rada rada yii? I love Chimamanda on a regular day but this particular interview is arrogant.

  18. Babym

    October 8, 2016 at 11:01 pm

    One more thing. In chimamandas own words, “feminist- a person who believes in the social political and economic equality of the sexes!! Shikena! Finito! The end!! She did not tell us there were many variations o. So if I decide to talk about men from now till thy kingdom come, but I still believe in the social political and economic equalities of the sexes, how does that make me a different feminist to u?? ? This is why nobody knows what feminisim is. Too many variations upandan.

  19. Kpekus

    October 8, 2016 at 11:05 pm

    Nne leave that thing. More beautiful where?

  20. nnenne

    October 8, 2016 at 11:21 pm

    I love Beyonce and I love Chomamanda peroid!!

  21. Aunty Amebo

    October 8, 2016 at 11:22 pm

    In Divine’s voice – “Wawu”

    This is why men often say women don’t support other women. It is clearly obvious and this is a perfect example.

    The idea of feminism has become this elevated, strict and narrow platform. If you define feminism in your own way, you are not seen as part of the elite group.

    While I respect Adichie, the fact that she publicly came out to say her feminism is not the same type as Beyonce is just appalling.

    I mean what does that mean? The goal of feminism should be universal – equal rights for both men and women for the same amount of work.

    Yes, we should all define feminism for ourselves, but for another woman to stylishly bash and throw shade at another woman, just because she doesn’t meet your criteria or your idea of feminism, is the main reason the mainstream audience doesn’t accept feminism in general.

    In conclusion, we should all be accepting of how other women go about their lives (Please I am not talking about accepting prostitution or illegal acts). Even if you don’t agree with it, talk about with your friends but not publicly.

    No good can come out of women throwing subtle shade at one another. Women need to start supporting other women.

    Till that happens, we won’t get the same rights as men. And the whole idea of feminism is but a flaw…

  22. nnenne

    October 8, 2016 at 11:23 pm

    I love Beyonce and I love Chomamanda pefiod!
    They are two unique beings and are allowed to be different.

  23. Zoe

    October 8, 2016 at 11:38 pm

    Dear chiamanda feminism isn’t new it’s always being there, The magnitude of its platform transcends ages and has always been big enough to have every strong woman, my ancient grandma include on board. It’s good of you to have validated Beyoncé’s “kind of feminism” as you kindly put it , however that dig on her sexuality and what seemed like an accusation of her wanting male validation was just uncalled for. At interviews Men don’t attack other men on triviality such as , sexuality, how they dress or if or not they look for validation from women Why do you think it was relevant to ask a serious author like yourself such a question . it’s because you are a woman and the Male wanker behind the tv show just knew you would jump at that bait. There you are, trivialising yourself getting drawn into a bitch slap fest of complete irrelevance. I’d have expected a strong worldly woman like yourself to have put that reporter /interviewer in her place. I just hope Beyoncé will have the sense not to dignify your jabs with anything but silence. Please next time use your platform to discuss serious issues and not to bring other equally strong relevant women down. You can’t fight patriarchy all by your self.

  24. Kili

    October 9, 2016 at 12:49 am

    *smiles* Keep deceiving and misleading women, continue!!!! I am beginning to get irritated by her even though I am a huge fan of hers, having read her books- Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun and Americanah.
    I honestly believe she’s starting to sound like she needs help or something. The other day it was something about baby bump now this???? Life is not so hard. Live and let live. I bet it’s the same 20% she gives her husband. Bloody liar. She’s smart, brilliant, deep and all that. But when one’s “deepness” is too extreme – One begins to wonder if u are bitter, depressed or plain melancholic. She really sounds like she needs help.

  25. Luola

    October 9, 2016 at 1:21 am

    I am a writer and also play active roles in various pro-women groups. When people ask me if I want to be like Chimamanda I say no, I want to be like me. Even though I have read most of her work and watched or read a good number of her interviews. As a creative person, I do not like being asked if I want to be like someone else so I can totally relate to her being defensive about the Beyonce hype. However, to say someone’s feminism is not your own feminism is distasteful. No one can claim to be an authority on feminism. You write, she sings, you inspire people so does she! That she wears sexy clothes as part of her brand is as relatable as you giving talks as part of yours. Stop sounding like she is a blonde bimbo! She has worked just as hard as you have to give herself a voice too! On the topic of men not talking about women I totally disagree. Men do talk about women! If a woman’s ultimate ambition is to get married and have a ring please let her be. Not everyone wants to win a pultizer prize or be on the cover of Forbes. For some people their joy is in their home and the children they raise! As a feminist you should support, mentor and promote other women and not undermine their choices. Lastly, I have watched your Ted Talk on the power of a single story a million and one times and I dear say you seem to have a single story of women who don’t think like you. Perhaps if you spent more time understanding their choices you would be nicer in your descriptions of them. And no we should not all be feminists we should create a world where generations to come will not know the meaning of the word because there would be no need to!

    • Majestic

      October 9, 2016 at 5:18 am

      Luola, thank you ! I can rest peacefully knowing that someone has addressed this issue. Chimamanda Adichie, pride is the downfall of a man. Never forget that.

    • Hills

      October 9, 2016 at 11:20 am

      Yes! Yes! Yes! “And no we should not all be feminists we should create a world where generations to come will not know the meaning of the word because there would be no need to!” Best thing I’ve read in this comment section.

    • Funmi

      October 9, 2016 at 11:44 am

      I totally love your comment.

    • Someonecute

      October 10, 2016 at 12:11 am

      Thank you luola. So when women say things like.. Did he put a ring on it? It means we are drooling over men, or when we talk about men. lol isn’t she married herself? Didn’t her husband put a ring on it, hasn’t she ever in her life talked about men or even a man. Haba And most girls don’t even talk about men like she s generalizing , me and my friends hang out and 99% we talk about how we can improve ourselves, be independent, register for more courses, career, and of course celebrity gists, just yesterday we were chatting and laughing about naija movies, who cares about men! On the other hand guys hang out to talk about girls in club, how many they’ve hit and how they will hit some more. So I don’t agree with her generalization

  26. Nahum

    October 9, 2016 at 1:25 am

    CHAI!!!! Please o BN forgive me o but meeeeennnnn Naija women can be unapologetically STUPID!!!! See women coming on this post and being very proud to state that first of all, you never knew Chimamanda, which means y’all don’t read anything more than blog posts, and second, you are coming for her for refusing to make men the center of her life. You women are just utterly stupid and you honestly deserve every bad thing men do to you. CHAI!!!!!!

    • Anonymous

      October 9, 2016 at 3:57 am

      Madam you are the stupid one for calling other women stupid just because they haven’t read your Goddess’s books. Interests differ and people are at liberty not to read anything they do not find interesting. The point is that Chimamanda is arrogant and hating on a fellow woman who has done nothing but propel her into greater recognition and this is unacceptable. Making a man the centre of your world or not has not impact of how he treats you, that is a function of his personality. If you are small minded person and wanna treat your significant other badly please fell free but don’t judge others for being decent and treating men the way they wanna be treated. Jeez.

    • Engoz

      October 9, 2016 at 12:33 pm

      LOL, Nahum said it as it is. It is very important to make arguments like you have common sense. It’s also better to be checked online ‘anonymously’ than let’s say you find yourself in a literary and intellectual space and make such irredeemable gaffes. You can DISAGREE with Chimamanda without making yourself look like a FOOL in the process. Stupidity is discrediting Chimamanda’a popularity and relevance on the account of Beyonce. Stupidity is discrediting Chimamanda’s feminism on the basis of ‘marrying privately’ and having a baby ‘quietly’. I think this one has to be the height of STUPIDITY. Stupidity is defining her marriage as an indication of practicing ‘submission’ or whatever nonsense jargon you mentally incapacitated people subscribe to marriage and think it is an institution where one formula works. You very weak females on this board need to learn how to take a back seat when adults give their point of view on a subject without getting highly sentimental or consider it an attack. Was Chimamanda telling a lie when she made mention of the amount of time women spend talking about men, relationships, marriage, he put a ring on it? Lmao! Is Bellanaija website not exemplary of this? Lol. A Chimamanda gracing this site is very important. It always ends up separating the wheat from the chaff. A catholic and pentecostal will disagree on certain subjects, does that make them not Christians? That same analogy applies to feminism. Disagreeing with your fellow woman is not ‘shade’, it is not arrogant, it is not hatred. That is what adults do and still remain CIVIL with each other. In an intellectual space, you lose arguments when you start attacking your opponents personal life like bringing in subjects like depression. It doesn’t make you look smart. You look STUPID! It’s either you lot grow up and act like you went to school or stick to topics on Maje and Toke, or Linda Ikeji’s handbags. Otherwise don’t complain when you are called out for unleashing your idiocy on cyberspace.

    • Engoz

      October 9, 2016 at 4:37 am

      Lollllllllll. I have laughed tire.??? I have to remind myself Bellanaija is a ‘wedding’ oriented site. Already gives you a clue to the average IQ. So BN women needed an international star to make them aware of someone who lived in their backyard? ??? Bellanaija please stick to wedding topics where the demographic you cater to can ‘tap into the anointing of marriage’ lmao! Topics like this are too much for them. ???

    • Mama

      October 9, 2016 at 9:21 am

      You no lie at all….lol

    • Peaches77

      October 9, 2016 at 10:37 am

      ??!

    • Wack

      October 9, 2016 at 3:33 pm

      I know right??? I’m not even a fan of `Chimamanda, but the comments on this post are ignorant to say the least.

    • Ninny

      October 11, 2016 at 7:03 pm

      Spot on Engoz. Beyonce is very popular and famous, How else do people think anything she puts out there wont gain huge recognition. just how?…She reached out to Chimamanda to use excerpts of her work. The two women helped themselves. You lots saying Chimamanda needs to offer ‘praise and worship” to Beyonce because she made her more popular really need to think well. Chimamanda had the content and somehow huge platform not widely known tho. Beyonce had the huge platform and fame but lacked the content. I think Chimamanda even gave more. without that TED talk from Chimamanda that flawless song would be totally distasteful. Who even remembers the song sef. Same way this lemonade will fizzle out soon. No content. Just marketing strategy to encourage hearsays and gossips.

      Abeg which God give permission to dress semi-nude? God better make it general, because to wear dress they tire sometimes and can be tasky in order not to appear poorly groomed.

      At the end all i am not in support with is the fact that Chimamanda equated Beyonce’s dressing to just to please men or gain men’s validation, that is a low-low from her. Last time i checked a lot of Men, women, old and young come out just to watch her live. After the show, a lot of women go back to their homes and still do not copy beyonce’s style of dressing. i think at the time Chimamanda made that reference, prolly the imbibed Nigerian mentality spirit as regarding our ‘responsible’ way of life and to life, as quote by our society, especially regarding the girl child, came possessing her. and she yelled out that blunder. You know sometimes Deep thinking lands one in a mess/disappoints . you find yourself going round and round without making actual sense, but in your mind eye, you are spewing words of wisdom. WE ALL BE CAREFUL WHEN WE ENTER THAT PLACE CALLED DEPTH.

    • californiabawlar

      October 9, 2016 at 5:11 am

      Aha! I was going through the comment section like hian! What kind of witchcraft has enchanted these people?! How old are they?! Even if they are teenagers, I can’t imagine anyone not knowing who Wole Soyinka or Chinua Achebe was when we were younger and then being proud of it especially because you know Lil’ Kim! lmao! You would have been the butt of every joke in class and within your social circle. These are indeed strange times!!
      I don’t even read fiction as much and I have read two of her books. why? just because! Also, I DO NOT like this woman’s personality but to start mouthing off about her relevance is sooooo STUPID…I mean I could try to be nice and try to find another word but yo! if you said you didn’t know Chimamanda was until Beyonce mentioned her, AND you are proud of it, sorry it is what it is but you is stooooopid!
      Not knowing who she was and not reading her books are two very different things. It’s not about the ignorance but the blissful basking in it. Love her or hate her, writers of her calibre will give political and social commentary! And she is only maintaining her integrity by dissociating herself from whatever it is that she feels your Beyonce stands for. It’s not like she wants to start doing interviews with MTV or something so why bother kissing ass…maybe this move is best for her so that all you shallow fickle fans can fall off the bandwagon and go back to whatever weave-bobbing booty-shaking mind-numbing beehive you flew out from. Money and popularity does not equal success for many people…but that is too intellectually complicated for yall to grasp yeah? oh okay…bye!

      p.s. I sent for you, feel free to take the night bus and come for me. I full ground brekete.

    • swerve

      October 9, 2016 at 8:16 am

      Girl, did you just wake up at 5:11am to write this epistle about how you don’t like Beyonce? You’re so blinded by your dislike for the woman that you can’t even grasp exactly what we’re talking about here. This is not a Chimamanda vs Beyonce show down so carry your mediocrity elsewhere. BTW, that someone vaguely knows Chim’ doesn’t mean the person isn’t educated or doesn’t have a reading culture. Not every one is a literati or lover of fiction. Some of us are busy reading The selfish Gene by Richard Dawkins, The Origin of Species by Charles Darwin etc. Californiablabla, u need to sit down. Don’t bother to reply cuz I ain’t checking back for whatever emptiness you have to spew

    • Wanderlust _Trekeffect?

      October 9, 2016 at 9:08 am

      Hahahaha I love you, OK bye.???

    • Lo

      October 9, 2016 at 3:47 pm

      As always, your comments are everything. You’ve said it all jare.

    • californiabawlar

      October 9, 2016 at 5:41 pm

      lmao! hunty swerve e funny gan…how on earth am I supposed to argue with someone that does not even understand the concept of time zones? How?
      Okay let me try….Akawe kawura, for someone reading all this books you mention how on earth can you not comprehend me clearly stating that:
      1. I do not like Chimamanda’s personality- I agree with everyone that says she comes across as condescending.
      2. There’s a difference between not reading her books (my sister thinks it’s sacrilege that I’ve only read 2), not knowing who she is, and finally being proud of not knowing who she is!
      3. I don’t read fiction as much – so I don’t understand why you are now bragging that you are reading ‘science-cy’ books. So in your dusty mind now you’ve come across as intelligent by saying you read Darwin’s Origin of Species? A book that I read in secondary school…maybe because I’ve been taking classes in paleontology in some one shape or form for the last 15 years? The point is even though I work in a highly specialized science field I still take the time to know what’s going on in the world around me…that is what makes for a balanced human being. So stop it. Just stop it. You definitely chose the wrong angle for your pointless drivel.

    • Rekiya

      October 9, 2016 at 6:33 am

      Mehn! Youre so rude and uncouth! As much as I don’t agree with the ”commenters” that stated they had no idea who Chim was before Beyonce ( it’s actually just one or two who stated that explicitly. The rest stated that Chim should agree that Beyonce did give her a platform and increased her fan base) there’s no need for the rubbish you wrote up there regarding Nigerian women. What is your problem? I am in love with Chim but she made a colossal error; Men DO TALK about women and women DON’T ALWAYS wind up talking about men. I can’t actually remember the last time my girlfriends and I discussed anything men related, however, my Caucasian boss was talking to my male Jamaican colleagues about women yesterday morning!

      As much as I am not a Beyonce fan, she inspires people in her own way and some women very well subscribe to her feminism. Now Nahum most of the comments are not even centered around the ”man’ aspect of the interview, they are centered around Chim’s seeming arrogance and her disparage of ”Beyonce and her Feminism.” YOU picked on the man aspect and generalized it to the whole comment section. Mehn woman you need to chill. Forget feminism, if you’re this foul then you should be more focused on your attitude than on feminism or telling Nigerian women what they deserve and what they don’t, Feminist or not, one still needs to behave and be respectful. I am guessing people’s problem with Chim is that her own Feminism comes with superiority bolsters, however anodyne she may have intended it. That truncates the whole point of feminism which is ”do you and I do me”(choice),

    • Dolly

      October 9, 2016 at 2:49 pm

      Thank you, I was reading through these ‘too cool for school’ comments like???
      Running off with the men aspect simply blows mind and shows how sensitive that topic is to them all lol touche
      Condescending and dismissal of another strong female totally oppose what feminism stands for. While i’m not religious about marriage nor having kids, I respect those who do and that don’t define the attributes of feminism.
      Point is no one cares about her private life but if you must sell your feminism by undermining a tradition DON’T gun for someone who sells hers by embracing her sexual being….
      And yes I’m a Beyonce fan, shoot ya self

    • Busola

      October 9, 2016 at 6:46 am

      Can you lot take a sit please? Your comments are annoying and totally unneccesary. Anyone with a decent amount of tact can see right through Chimamanda’s condescension in this interview. And no, I am not a big fan of Beyonce either but I let other people live. She can learn to do the same. Do you people not realise that we were all created uniquely and we have the right to love different things? I am very pro-woman but I have ditched my need to be tagged as feminist simply because of ideologies like Chimamanda’s. You lot think there is one standard way live! Total BS!

    • crystaldrop

      October 9, 2016 at 8:58 pm

      Nnnnaaaaa men,,,,,God bless you.I don dey find peson wey go fit talk my mind. Like how can some people say they don’t know chimamanda? Before Beyonce , Oprah was talking about her.Its because many of you don’t read. As for the post above , she’s not saying men are irrelevant but that women should simply not make men the center of their existence. You gat brains……use it. You got a beautiful destiny……pursue it. Jeezz!!!!!!!!

  27. joy

    October 9, 2016 at 1:30 am

    Chimamanda is being hypocritical in my opinion. So men are ‘lovely’, unnecessary and only worth 20% of your time, and Beyoncé’s feminism celebrates the necessity of men because of her songs? songs that encourage women not to sell themselves cheaply (single ladies), make their own money (run the world), refuse to tale nonsense from men (irreplaceable), and essentially me strong! How many of your books encourage women to do the same? or you think being a female writer is enough? Flora Nwapa already did that. Chimamanda is married and has a child, if men were not that necessary, she should have stayed single like many of the suffragette ladies did at a time when things were very difficult. so please let us hear word.

  28. hadiza

    October 9, 2016 at 3:04 am

    Nahum, I tire o. Nigerian women are just disgustingly stupid. Continue to make men the centre of your lives and later come here posting stupid aunty Bella stories. @dolly, so the fact that she married and had kids make her not a feminist abi? u are an illiterate. Olorun. Why do most people think feminist are single lonely and bitter?? News flash, most feminists are not. Man haters are the ones lonely and single with nothing good to say about men. Stop confusing man haters with feminists. This article just made me realize that most Nigerian women get exactly what they deserve.

    • Sibo

      October 9, 2016 at 6:25 am

      Hadiza girl , Duh one just has to read your declarations that all men are beast to know you just hate men period. And now further declarations on how Nigerian women who love their men are disgustingly stupid. Never thought those two adjectives could be used together but hey if you’re “some kinda feminist” you are allowed to use any array of military grade arsenals including double adjectives, non rational generalisations to show us just how angry. I think we need to help ya, bella pretty please can you set up a go fund for Hadiza so she can go to a HAPPY FARM TO GET A FEW HUGS . We can call it # GIVE HADIZA HER SMILE BACK. AND A PURPOSE TO LIVE BESIDES HATE. You’ll need to promise to put your BARBED SPINES away cause ain’t nobody hugging a prickly poision porcupine whatever the BLEEDING HEART course. LOVE YA BABE NOW GO TWERK YOUR ASS AT SOME BEYONCÉ YOU KNOW YOU WANT TO. GO ON ANIT NOBODY JUDGING .

    • Sibo

      October 9, 2016 at 6:42 am

      So why did she let Beyoncé use snippet of her work in a song about pretty if she did not endorse Beyoncé Art as feminine enough. I mean this is Beyoncé of the boutilicious fame/ crazy in love . Except she was living under a rock she can’t deny being aware of the sort of artist Beyoncé was. Gosh the double standards. I sure would want to know just how much Beyoncé paid to get this feminist to drop her standards and let her work be used by a booty shaking man lover. Please tell us how much you charge to drop your standards these days. hypocrite much!

    • prettyinpink

      October 9, 2016 at 12:52 pm

      chima come and answer Kwestion o. how much dem pay you to use your work. money don dey finish instead of going to your quite place to get over your writers block you dey attend intewew upandan dey look for who else go sponsor you. maybe the sisterhood of lesbo hating men will endorse you this time. yeye dey smell mtchewww.

    • Dolly

      October 9, 2016 at 3:05 pm

      I’m laughing out loud reading your comment, i think a 5th grader can tell who is more of an illiterate here. I guess you read books…..well expand your simple mind and treat your chronic, ill informed, intellect to some knowledgeable books outside of Ms. Adichie’s fictions

  29. Anonymous

    October 9, 2016 at 3:46 am

    Chimamanda openly admitted to battling depression in a Guardian piece which she later made them take down when she couldn’t handle the backlash so i am not surprised by her bitter response. She suffers from a superiority mentality and assumes she is somehow better than “us” the silly ladies who think about men, even though she is married and has a baby. It is just like earlier commenters said the joke is on those who take her seriously. I suggest her family gets help for her before it is too late because this attack and resentment for Beyonce is unjustified, and i don’t even like Bey.

    • Lo

      October 9, 2016 at 3:53 pm

      Where is the ‘attack’ and ‘resentment’ in this interview? Sorry but that is in your imagination. In the actual interview, Chimamanda complimented Beyonce and simply said their ideas of feminism are different. What is wrong with that? People are allowed to have different views. She was perfectly civil, she disagreed respectfully. Chimamanda does not have to worship Beyonce and kiss her bootylicious behind just because Bey used excerpts from her speech in a song.

    • Anonymous

      October 9, 2016 at 9:09 pm

      Hey Darling. please take the time to read before making hasty generalizations. In the article above, chimamanda is quoted as saying she resented beyonce. so no ma’am. That wasn’t from my imagination. She also said thanks to beyonce her life would never be the same as if beyonce intruded on her “perfect” life without permission. Yes, people are entitled to different views. that is the entire point so please ask your hero chimamanda to stop pointing her nose at those who do not fit her fake stereotype. She be playing some Jekyll and Hyde ish.

    • Lo

      October 10, 2016 at 2:05 pm

      No, YOU are the one that needs to read again, my dear Anonymous. Comprehension is clearly YOUR problem. She *never* said she resented Beyoncé, what she said is that she resented being asked about Beyoncé in every interview. She resented being expected to fawn gratefully over Beyoncé and pretend that Beyoncé was the secret of her success, as if she hadn’t been writing books long before Beyoncé sampled her speech. And there is *nothing* wrong with her feeling that way, as she is an author and should rationally be interviewed about her work and not about Beyoncé. Chimamanda is not my hero, she is a flawed human being like any other, but she is perfectly entitled to her opinions, and she is entitled to express them honestly. You should try to respect that.

  30. Odi

    October 9, 2016 at 4:01 am

    Beyonce claims feminist yet she goes ahead and sabotages the careers of other women in the industry. How many times does she steal people’s (including women) work without giving credit or apologizing or even just acknowledging the original owner. Whenever she steals someone’s work her nauseating fans attack the person instead, claiming that they should be happy beyonce stole their work. Imagine that kind of nonsense. Chimamanda I don’t want to hear you give credit to beyonce anywhere. You were already successful before she used your work and if her featuring you has increased your popularity so did your material increase people’s belief of her phony feminist agenda. Has she said anything adoringly about you? Is she too big to? Why does it have to be one sided. Is everyone obligated to like her? You brainwashed beyonce fans are the reason the basic chic thinks she owns the world. Whatever nonsense brain-cell diminishing piece of garbage she puts out all of you gobble up like turkeys in a trance and swear she is the second coming of Christ. Hope you guys get some snacks or money from her once in a while cause all this stanning and stupidity cannot be in vain na. It better not.

  31. Engoz

    October 9, 2016 at 5:33 am

    Absolutely Chimamanda!!! Always saying it as it is.???for once I have nothing to add. When Chimamanda speaks, weak females cry on the Internet??.

    • Phoenix

      October 25, 2016 at 8:09 pm

      Another gang member!! Engoz, I hail o!!! Where do I sign up to join your gang???

  32. Author Unknown

    October 9, 2016 at 6:00 am

    Chimamanda’s Beyoncé feminism comment, and BN responses I’m reading on here, confirm one thing – womenfolk aren’t going anywhere as a collective any time soon. It’s okay to identify that Beyoncé’s feminism is different from hers, but to criticize it, especially after having granted her permission to use your work? Abi she didn’t know Beyoncé before?

  33. Truthie

    October 9, 2016 at 6:54 am

    Ewoo, see shade.
    Did he hurt me, did I forgive him = lemonade
    Did he put a ring on my finger = single ladies
    Chimamanda you would have remained silent naa. Saying this in your first Beyonce interview is quite distasteful. Bey is a hip-hop singer, not a novelist. Didn’t she pay you enough,? Then send her a bill.. But honestly I stopped taking chimamanda words too seriously after I learned she was married. Not cos I feel feminists shouldn’t marry, naa. But cos she once made this statement.. “marriage as an institution could be very dangerous to women” . Lol.

    Truth is bey made you more popular. More. In this age more people are watching TV than reading books. And your movie wasn’t a blockbuster. What’s it about you writers always forming modest. Musicians will milk the publicity o jare.

    But I get her point about women spending so much time talking about men, lol. Guilty. I guess cos we are too emotional, and in Nigeria there are not many opportunities to be anything more than wife and mother after nysc.

    And I looove your husband. He must be an exceptional Americanized Nigerian guy. Cos most guys I know will be offended if their wives said this in an interview. Biko does he have a brother??

  34. Rekiya

    October 9, 2016 at 7:04 am

    Personally I am not a fan of Beyonce and I do like that Chim is dissociating herself from Beyonce and the whole hype and all. But women don’t always talk about men and vice versa. I really love you Chim but be careful of making sweeping generalization. The last time I spent more than 15% of my time talking about guys was in college.Right now, I have some friends who I don’t even know their sexuality or the marital status and we hangout almost every week.I find that women mostly talk about children whether it is the lack of them or the desire for them or the stress of them than they talk about anything else and then the whats in the news topic comes up. Nonetheless, I love and absolutely adore you.

  35. Chioma

    October 9, 2016 at 7:10 am

    Actually I totally get her point. I like Beyoncé, her music and her voice but she has never really cut across to me like a feminist. She’s all about getting validations from men which is one thing feminism isn’t about.
    I have also wondered why every ladies discussion has to be about men?I mean, no one is talking about projects, future plans etc. May I also point out that Donald Trump isn’t an ideal example of real men just as Beyoncé is t that of women.
    #okaybye

  36. Christy

    October 9, 2016 at 7:19 am

    I read Chimamanda’s work in order to finally understand the hype but I’m starting to conclude that she based her nasty and arrogant character Ifemelu in Americanah on herself. Her comments here are bitchy and don’t reflect well on her. I’m not a big Beyonce fan, just a feminist who relaxes my hair but doesn’t wear weaves, who doesn’t go out half naked to twerk but also doesn’t wear sacks like Chimamanda. I proudly nurture and cater to my husband and he does the same for me. Madam No Single Story, there is room for us all.

    • Boo

      October 9, 2016 at 6:57 pm

      ???at sack

  37. josephina

    October 9, 2016 at 7:27 am

    OMG! African women need to really dig deep into their books and read about feminism. If those who are bashing Chimamanda knew half of what feminism is you won’t be so ignorant.
    just a few pointers:

    – Feminism is not global to a great extent – the idea that women should be treated fairly is universal, but the issues of feminism are different.
    – An Asian feminist have issues that women deal with it in Asia
    -An African feminist has African issues – for example, my mum gives zero bat shits to women’s day, but she said girls should be able to go to school and make a life. by the way, she has raised 3 Doctors, me included, and two Masters.
    so what will u call her????

    -Not long ago Kim Kadashian said she wasn’t a feminist…she was damn right…people called her type of names….

    we should never put people in boxes.

    Beyoncé I would say used the words in what I might term “commercial feminism” …. is it right or wrong? It brought some issues about women to the forefront.

    So those who are bashing Chi should go dive into books

    my 2 naija

  38. Trisha

    October 9, 2016 at 8:15 am

    All I can gather from this is a lot of the comments are from females. A good percent of Nigerian females are taught from little to aspire to marriage, have kids, and make them aspire to marriage too, so you can have grandkids to brag about quickly, the expectations from women are very low as compared to what little boys are taught to be in Nigeria.
    Please there is so much hate, Chimamanda did not share pamphlets to any of you to tell you to desist from marrying any man who loves and respects you unconditionally. So talking about how she’s secretly having a family life is just very unintelligent of y’all who’ve implied that. The woman is a private person. Put your lives together females. And get your own interviews.

  39. Zella

    October 9, 2016 at 8:16 am

    I think it is unfair to assume that all Nigerian women talk about men therefore are stupid. That is so uncool. I will tell you for free that men spend A LOT of their times talking about women. For 6 years, I have been the only female in a team of 15 – 20 engineers and we go to the rig where the total population gets to 170 ish and I may be lucky to have another female on board. All you hear is talks about women and these talks get derogatory most times. That being said, I am really tired of all these brands of feminisms that exist today. Freedom of choice is the fundamental belief! Any variations should not matter just like religion. There is nothing wrong with beyonce being sexy, that is her brand and type of female empowerment. (Before you come for me…yeah…i respect everywoman’s choice to be whatever they want to be) I remember reading purple hibiscus in 2007 so I have known Chimamanda for the longest time but I promise you that not many Nigerians knew her. Beyonce could have chosen any work on feminism and she ended up with Chimamandas’. I am sure she has a PR team and I bet they must have told her how Beyonce’s song would help with further recognition therefore helping her reach a wider audience. So please Chimamanda stop with the arrogant comments and be grateful for the extra exposure of your work. I believe that people use quotes or snippets to help express how they feel in the best possible way. I feel Beyonce used it because she felt it was a better and more serious expression of Feminism. Enough already with the bringing down of other women.

  40. gwegs

    October 9, 2016 at 8:23 am

    I like the way she says she granted permission for Beyonce to use her work like she didn’t accept payment for it.

    • Lo

      October 9, 2016 at 3:44 pm

      It’s still her intellectual property. The fact that she was paid for the use of her work does not mean she did not grant permission nor that she should suddenly start licking Beyonce’s boots. Do you know how many similar payments she has probably turned down?

  41. Passingby

    October 9, 2016 at 8:31 am

    Jeez I’m tired of all these fake ass wanna be feminist with their Chronic undiagnosed PMS . It’s not okay to be angry 100% of the time hating on a whole gender cause your hormones are making you mad as hell. Y’all need to chill . fix yourself with some birth control pill or device and balance y’all cracra hormones. . Feminists are actually quite happy to embrace their female forms and SLAY. THEY DONT SIT BACK AND let their hormones take control and grow them a FRIGGING beard. All that crazy ANIT cute that’s why some of you Arent getting none. And yep females are beautiful, we got blessed with softer skin, gently facial features a womb that loving enough to house a foetus then baby for 9 months. Breast that produce sweet milk to nourish that child. Why do y’all want to poison all that with all that hating and hurting.

  42. Philomina

    October 9, 2016 at 8:58 am

    I love Beyonce because she comes across as content and happy. She got herself. Chiamanda on the other hand sounds like she got an ax to get grind. What’s with all the shade. If she hadn’t said b asked for permission to use her work and she granted it I would think b stole it. And as long as women and men don’t play against each other in football, rugby, boxing then put the gender equality argument to bed already . We are different and equally relevant .

  43. jane(the real jane)

    October 9, 2016 at 9:51 am

    I neva knew feminism has type o…Beyonce type. Lol. I think Beyonce is a feminist in her own rights. She followed her dream from being a little girl and keeps slaying even after getting married to a billionaire. She has remained relevant in the music industry. It’s easy to say she’s shaking her ass up and down. If na by that one, many other ass shaking musicians wouldn’t hv lost relevance. Beyonce works hard! She’s Talented. And she has given millions of women across the globe hope in themselves. Chimamanda is also a star. But the sky is big enough for millions of stars to shine. Keep shining ladies.

  44. Peaches77

    October 9, 2016 at 10:51 am

    But it’s totally expected that the ‘projections’ of their feminism will be divergent at some point, so where is the problem? The fundamentals are the same abi?
    Not sure what’s condescending here.

  45. Ijs

    October 9, 2016 at 11:16 am

    Is Chimamanda saying that if her husband leaves her, she could care less? Feminism should be a combination of both ideas. Be hard WORKING, do your best, have your own but as a beautiful woman, it does not hurt to get treated nicely by men. There are perks to being a nice looking woman and it’s not wise to abandon it because Chimamanda says so. Michelle Obama seems to be doing a great job of supporting a man, raising kids, staying attractive and having a career.
    N. B: music has a wider audience than books. Chimamanda should know that.

    • Tired

      October 9, 2016 at 11:33 am

      THere are different types of feminism. I’m surprised that no one cared to point this out. Don’t suggest what someone should practice; Practice yours, chimamanda will practice hers, Beyoncé will practice hers. Different people are into political revolution but some are socialist, some are capitalists. Nigerians largely lack comprehensive skills, and the fact that these are adults probably in their 30s is really worrying. Feminism ranges from 1st wave to 3rd wave, radical feminism, cultural feminism etc Some just want equal rights e.g. Beyoncé, some want that and the total deconstruction of gender roles and patriarchal power struggles e.g. Chimamanda. Chimamanda and most Nigerian women go the extra mile because they’re Nigerian where marriage is the first order. You can’t really blame them. I hope you now understand, and others do too.

  46. Anonymoie

    October 9, 2016 at 11:51 am

    Engoz and Odi you guys comments are the best. Beyoncé to me is not original first of all. Once she sees something is tending she jumps and claims it and want to take the glory. No it doesn’t work like that. Chimamanda may not be as popular in music world but she is her popular in her writing world. Beyoncé made her more popular to those of you that listen to her music. Not to chimanadas fan that already knew. To give Beyoncé credit is an insult. Rather Beyoncé should thank her. We live in a world were we worship celebrates like god. Even when they act stupid.

    • Dolly

      October 9, 2016 at 5:28 pm

      Delusions of grandeur…..and your ignorance is bliss, bless your heart!

  47. Tilda

    October 9, 2016 at 12:17 pm

    This lady a fellow artist, humbly request to use your work (and you agree to it ) to spread the message of female empowerment using her massive platform. only for you to turn round and use your platform to lash at her. JUDAS WEPT. Sister that anit cool. . i would have respected you if you had refused to let her use your work in the first instance and then to validate your decision give this reason you gave here. i mean what has changed between beyonce of Flawless and beyonce now. It all just looks like sour grapes to me.

  48. Anon

    October 9, 2016 at 12:22 pm

    So a true feminist is one who doesnt give toi much space to the necessity of men?
    na kweshion i dey ask ooo

  49. nnenne

    October 9, 2016 at 12:29 pm

    Hahahahahaha!!!
    Here we go again.
    Crab mentality. Pull her down.
    Chimamanda has said in. past. interviews that Beyonce using her work helped her.
    People are here trying to create another picture
    Beyonce whom II love dearly is a unique human being and so is Chimamanda!
    Dirty , jealous minds should leave these two lovely women alone!!!

  50. esther

    October 9, 2016 at 12:46 pm

    Chimamanda should stop with all this feminism talk already, God created woman for man and likewise so bottom line is we all need each other to survive in life…

  51. Mawi

    October 9, 2016 at 1:07 pm

    Just look at these comments. My fellow women, disgracing themselves since 1900. You guys are always quick to tear yourselves (&men) down, that’s why true gender equality is still far from us. Una doh o

  52. Abominable snow girl

    October 9, 2016 at 1:10 pm

    The beehive is alive and kicking in this part of our world. ?Shaking my head.

  53. Ruth

    October 9, 2016 at 2:03 pm

    @ Joy Thank you,oh, You hear thank you very much. Flora Nwapa and Buchi Emerchette were all strong women that wrote good books. And I totally agree how on earth due you quantify the time you give to your man. I don’t think you actually married for love because if you did you’ll recognise the fact that you can not quantify LOVE. If you just want something you can give 20% of your time to, then get a pet. Or a toy u can just switch of after 20% usuage. if you are with someone and just want to spend 20% of your time with them trust me you don’t Love them in the true sense of the word. For the purpose of procreation get a turkey baster a good supply of willing male specimen or the cold hard sperm bank. I really feel sorry for your husband. You sound like a very cold calculative woman.

  54. New Birth

    October 9, 2016 at 2:58 pm

    Your feminism is not my feminism. Welcome to the age of feminism. Why can’t we all just get along? be good people, have a fair society for all. I respect Chimanda for her novels and I also respect Beyonce for her music. I don’t need to be a feminist to be a good person, I am a Christian already.

  55. Methinks

    October 9, 2016 at 4:13 pm

    This implies talking about our own stuff BECAUSE men do the same … isn’t that counter-intuitive to the whole notion of what Adichie stands for? Perhaps these men don’t talk about women just because they don’t want to talk about women but prefer to talk about other things…what if these women EQUALLY don’t want to talk about other things but prefer to talk about men?! Isn’t the idea of feminism supposed to be liberating? Women should also be free to express themselves in the same way men are free to talk about what they want – which in this case is “other stuff”! And if women prefer to talk about men…let them do so! It seems Adichie is saying such women shouldn’t do what they want (talk about men) just so they can conform to what men do (“talk about other stuff”)…but it seems she is forgetting that what men talk about is their choice and some women talking about men (even though men don’t talk about women as often) is ALSO by choice!!! Please don’t make feminism lose its essence simply because your feelings are hurt…?

  56. Hills

    October 9, 2016 at 5:27 pm

    It’s very clear that many of you have not researched the feminist movement. There are different types of feminism. Off the top of my head are the radical feminists, liberal feminists, socialist feminists and the poststructural feminists. I think Beyonce is more of a liberal feminist while Chimamanda is very close to being a radical feminist. So it is not wrong to say that Beyonce’s feminism is different from that of Chimamanda. It will only be wrong if she said it in a condescending way. From what I’ve read, it doesn’t seem condescending.

    • Lydia

      October 9, 2016 at 5:57 pm

      Are you blind or what?? Didn’t you people read where she criticized Beyonce’s feminism saying it caters to the necessity of men and that she thinks men are lovely but women should spend less time. I think most of you in the comment section decided to pick and choose what to read. It would have been one thing if She just said we have different styles of feminism, she CRITICIZED Beyonce’s own, that’s the point most people are after. Nobody ever said there are no different types of feminism with different issues, they are pointing out that one is not above the other and Chimamanda shouldn’t criticize Beyonce’s. Abeg carry your different types of feminism to one side, that was never the point and not every one did women studies or whatever. HISS!

    • Phoenix

      October 25, 2016 at 7:57 pm

      To be honest, this comment makes much more sense than all the other “chimamanda is ungrateful” comments. 95% of the comments overall on this subject has been that chimamanda is ungrateful and should show respect to Beyonce for making her famous which is what a lot of people myself included got majorly pissed off about

  57. [email protected]

    October 9, 2016 at 6:11 pm

    I dont know if we can talk of feminism and african values in one sentence. Can feminism thrive in nigeria? Was one of the question given to my class in 300 level. I looked at the question and thought deeply about the life of the african woman who is expected to be under a man by 30 or even before that, expected to know how to cook, take care of kidz and also be homely. I came to the conclusion feminism cannot thrive in africa. An old maid will always be disdained. Successful women without husbands will always be pitied. They will be advised to get marrried even if its just for kids so that their wealth and name can go on.

  58. lala

    October 9, 2016 at 7:13 pm

    -Feminism means girl and women empowerment……and we have our different views as women.
    -Feminism means your mum, sister, antie, friends, collegues,and You that has different life style and goals .We all are Feminism with different goals………

  59. amaka

    October 9, 2016 at 7:48 pm

    Necessity of men? This adichie chic is married o…. with a baby….

  60. Obiageli

    October 9, 2016 at 8:59 pm

    Odiegwu the necessity of men. I hope her dad is proud of her and her husband watching her with side eye loooool. These militant femfems will be all up in arms if a character had questioned the necessity of females. Fame is clearly going straight to her head. She gon lost all her filters.

  61. sopi

    October 9, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    The behives are everywhere

  62. Marian

    October 9, 2016 at 9:59 pm

    Ki la gbe ki la ju kinda something. Why call a whole group of people stupid on top one author??? I am Nigerian and i’ve never read any of her books. None of her books are even in my top 20 books to read right now. She’s done really well in her field and it warms my heart when i see people doing great things.

    • ATL's finest

      October 11, 2016 at 1:33 pm

      ?????????????? Marian u’re too funny lmao Folks haven’t given up on this matter. They r still commenting & calling me names becuz I never knew who she was. @ Marian God bless U for your comment & I’m not going to lie or give a RAT A*** about what anyone have got to say. I’ve some amazing career women as friends in Nigerian including a well known Dr ( name withheld) & he never read her book either. Now, do I know Wole Soyinka yes. But I’m not knocking her work off, I only spoke the truth which is I don’t know much about her until Beyonce brought it all up. I’m not even a fan of Bey. Like u said, why call someone stupid ??? Even her movie ‘Half of the yellow Sun’ I never watched it. And those of them that know her & read her books, how did it improve their lives???. I just think women some complete each other & not compete or make nasty comment bcuz your views/beliefs isn’t the same as that of Bey. Y’all will be aright.

    • ATL's finest

      October 11, 2016 at 1:35 pm

      *Nigeria*

  63. Gem

    October 9, 2016 at 10:50 pm

    What’s the Brouhaha about? There’s absolutely nothing condescending in what Chimamanda said. She has every right to refuse to let Beyounce take all the credits for her work. Btw, I’ve always thought it was Chimamanda who did Beyounce a favour sef. N yes, Beyounce doesn’t come off as her kind of “feminist” per say. Anyone who says: “I am a modern day feminist but I love my husband” is obviously hesitant to claiming feminism.
    So I get what Amanda meant. I also like how her truth pisses people off. LOL
    Y’all be killing yourselves, Chimamanda is as happy as happy can be…and why would she be jealous of Beyounce?
    Oooh…I relate so much with Chimamanda’s kind of feminism tho…I love talking about men too. I love to be in love and am sure Chimamanda hadn’t meant all those “ring on your finger” bla bla bla; literary. So guys, chilax. She made a point. Don’t let your personal dislike for her blind you from seeing it.

  64. Mujercasada

    October 9, 2016 at 11:40 pm

    I dont know about the Beyonce, etc comparisons. But I will say this, feminism means you are in control of your own destiny.. Does it mean I should not wear booty shakers if I look in the mirror and feel I have to wear them today? Hell no. Does it mean I should not feminize my appearance? Hell no. Does it mean I should not market what sells in my world -like lyrics about broken hearts and man issues? Beyonce’s art form is just different. Her’s is commercial. That means she figures out what people will pay for and dishes it in large doses. Chimamanda’s art form depends on what she has decided is relevant, and is dependent on her ability to make the case for it becoming commercially acceptable. Chikena. Beyonce can wear skimpies all day and it does not make her a man wanter.

  65. annietrips

    October 10, 2016 at 4:03 am

    Hehehehe!! Feminism. What a ruse. I’m afraid to even ask how many types there are ‘cos these days, it seems to have all sorts of off-shoots.

  66. anonimo

    October 10, 2016 at 9:18 am

    To be honest I was kind of offended on behalf of CNA when people began to sound almost like she only began to exist after Beyonce sampled her work. (I am a fan of both women). However I just don’t like how this interview reads. It’s not something we will overlook in men either… A lack of tact; Yorubas will say ‘Kò mo òró so’ If her feminism was so unnaceptable, why let her get anywhere near your work, why not reply her team’s initial mail to you with these words and school her on your preferred brand of feminism so she can meet up. And I have to say the word lovely (as used in the interview) sounds a tad patronising.

  67. ardnas

    October 10, 2016 at 9:52 am

    ok..am I the only one who is yet to hear the Beyonce’s ‘flawless’ song but have read Chimamamda’s books like ‘Americanah’ ‘that thing around your neck’ ‘purple hibiscus’ ‘half of a yellow sun’ since 2014 …#just asking?

    2. If the interview had been the other way round with Beyounce saying what she believes is different from Chimamada’s would there be any argument as seen by these comments?

    Thank you vfeery much.

    • Dee

      October 10, 2016 at 1:52 pm

      @ardnas Please accept a high five for this comment. There would be *zero* uproar if Beyoncé had said something similar. A lot of these ranting commenters are just angry at Chimamanda because she isn’t interested in fawning and worshipping their ‘queen’, as if we all have to be members of the Beyhive. Chimamanda is free to disagree with anyone she likes, including Beyoncé.

    • Phoenix

      October 25, 2016 at 7:46 pm

      You are not alone at all! I saw a bit of the video and that was it. I find it really funny that Nigerians are crucifying chimamanda without fully understanding what she meant meanwhile Americans are attacking an asswipes who said solange is only famous because of her sister
      . She should be grateful to who? Beyonce? Why? Who she be? Abeg everyone should chill mbok

  68. Tru

    October 10, 2016 at 10:06 am

    Mbok what exactly is Feminism????

  69. Ifeyinwa Atuanya

    October 10, 2016 at 10:08 am

    It’s good to be famous, you know.

    The many comments!!!!!!!!! Oh My God.

  70. I'mJustSayn'

    October 10, 2016 at 10:54 am

    Tedious woman

  71. IchoosetounderstandChimanda

    October 10, 2016 at 11:22 am

    So many comments made out of lack of understanding.What did Chimamanda mean by “the necessities of men”? She meant women living their lives without been pressured to be linked with a man or what he does to her/for her.Some of you get angry with the society when pressured to find a husband at 30 years of age,some of you are pissed at the way women are made to conform to get certain roles.These are examples of ” neccesities of men”.Beyonce as a musician was packaged to be a sexy siren.That was how her “ogas at the top” wanted her to be perceived as.Allowing them to do that to her isn’t a trait of a feminist.Even if she has carved a niche for herself,the fact still remains that she was a branded puppet in the hands of music moguls.Beyonce’s song “put a ring on it” also doesn’t come across as feminist because it relates to having a ring on a finger as an achievement.Women we have to wake up and see femimism for what it is.Chimamanda is right A feminist is Maya Angelou,a feminist is Aung San Suu Kyi ,a feminist is Funmilayo Ransome Kuti,a feminist is Harriet Tubman,a feminist is Linda Ikeji,a feminist is Genevieve Nnaji and so on.A feminist is a woman who carves a niche for herself without conforming to certain societal standard or pressures in order to be accepted.A feminist doesn’t mind if she doesn’t”have a ring on it” or if she’s “bootylicious” enough for a man to admire.A feminist sticks to her beliefs and standards,she is an enigma,she knows she is a voice for the generation to come and she is more concerned about how to make impact than how to seduce the handsome man in the corner.Beyonce is not a feminist(Maya Angelou agrees ).Popularity doesn’t equal to feminism.Please don’t be blinded by that.

  72. Anon

    October 10, 2016 at 12:48 pm

    Dear CHIMA if you were any type of artist you will realise that when B is on stage selling her music she is in Character pretty much the same as the characters you bring to life in your books. So you bring your characters to life through the written word whilst she brings hers through her music. looking back the first feminist movement started off by women who just wanted to be heard and have an opinion. They wanted to be seen, heard, have a say, live and let live. This your modern version of things is pretty much pulling females back to a time were they get told how to dress, how to express them selves basically how to be. Moving us from a patriarchal society to a matriarchal one. Tell me were is the progress there. I’m a female who enjoys being me. I don’t need anyone to tell me how much time to spend on a man, how to dress etc. I find it offensive coming from men or females. Sister take a hint okay.

    • Cassandra

      October 10, 2016 at 1:41 pm

      My stance exactly.

  73. Rabbissssshhh

    October 10, 2016 at 7:12 pm

    Over belleful dey worry all of una. Nansense!! Who Chimamanda epp? Who Beyoncé epp? Who feminism epp? Una don baff? Who they serve?

  74. -_-

    October 10, 2016 at 7:14 pm

    -_-

  75. Uche

    October 10, 2016 at 9:00 pm

    Um hum madam chiamanda those your legs in that your shortish dress sure look sexy and provocative to me a guy. And that your hair is fire!!!. I can’t relate sexually to beyonces super hero attire and all that her horse hair. I’m an African man. All I need is knees and and my imagination .so does wearing that dress not disqualify you from the position of high priestess of the ministry of feminism. Because seeing you in that dress has really catered to my needs oh.

  76. sparkle

    October 10, 2016 at 10:29 pm

    Why on earth is dis talk abt d two most admired people in my life mrs chimanda hs d style while mrs beehive hs d swag..both of dem r quiet famous in dia route.. Chimanda is nt de type dat like too much publicity I guess dats y she said she don’t like de attention dat line brings to her.. Both of dem r feminist in dia own way.. N dey both talk abt men or potrays men cos dey r both married.. Feminisim is just for girls to discover demself without a man attachment n I tink dat its wot dey both hv acheieved..dey became wot dey r b4 a man figure..abeg d fight don’t do..I really don’t like d names u guys heap on my swthrts..tnx

  77. Tosin

    October 10, 2016 at 11:45 pm

    bold. 20%. This is good.

  78. Idomagirl

    October 11, 2016 at 2:59 am

    I knew there was going to be a bloodbath here
    ?????

  79. Coll

    October 20, 2016 at 5:18 am

  80. AAAA

    February 24, 2017 at 5:04 pm

    Thank you Coll: I find it disappointing that a woman can challenge others to empathize with the plight of women and “all become feminists,” but lack compassion and empathy for differences among women. I find it disappointing that a self-proclaimed oracle on feminism would intentionally drive wedges and behave in such a small and short-sighted way toward a woman who appears to have treated her with nothing but generosity and respect. I find it disappointing that such a remarkable woman would allow self-righteousness to blind her to the power and beauty of connections, and grace, among women.

    Beyoncé’s brand of feminism may be blonde and bootylicious. But it is generous. And it is empathetic. And it is inclusive of other women’s circumstances and differences.

    That’s why Beyoncé is my type of feminist.

    • Kkay

      March 9, 2017 at 5:04 pm

      @ AAA … Pardon me but, why didn’t Beyonce go to any run-of-the mill witer to get her line? Obviously, she reckoned with Chimamanda’s literary excellence. There’s no need to misconstrue her words. Both women are not in any contest. The media threw that bait, some of you swallowed it and got riled up.
      Chimamanda certainly does not do the same feminism as Beyonce. A blind man can see that clearly.

  81. rocky brown

    January 19, 2018 at 4:10 pm

    To be honest i feel like men actually talk so much about women than women talk about men. My 2 bit

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