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“I am angry. And I think everyone should be angry about the state of gender. But I also want to persuade.”  says Chimamanda

In a recent interview on CNN‘s popular TV show Amanpour, the show’s anchor Christiane Amanpour interviews Award Winning Nigerian author and activist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on making the move towards a gender-equal world. Watch the 8 minute interview below.

42 Comments

  1. Pat

    April 17, 2017 at 4:18 pm

    Chiamanda i am only here for your hair. Love it!!! I wonder how her edges don’t break. I want full edges and that full hair.

  2. shaki

    April 17, 2017 at 4:33 pm

    this babe is overdoing it…

    • The Real Oma

      April 17, 2017 at 7:01 pm

      What does this even mean???

    • Engoz

      April 17, 2017 at 9:10 pm

      Typical insecure Nigerian.

  3. OB

    April 17, 2017 at 4:36 pm

    Inspiring and articulate as always.

    • The Real Oma

      April 17, 2017 at 7:01 pm

      As in… I am so proud of her.

  4. madman

    April 17, 2017 at 5:03 pm

    Madam go and REST ABEG.

    • George Esame

      April 17, 2017 at 5:47 pm

      Can u explain what u mean by dat? Or are u intimidated by ur fellow being.

    • The Real Oma

      April 17, 2017 at 7:03 pm

      Yup, certainly intimidated.
      You should watch the interview – she described the ailment you are suffering from when she talked about reactions to HRC

    • Mark

      April 17, 2017 at 9:21 pm

      …..that’s why MADMAN will forever be your moniker!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. Anon

    April 17, 2017 at 5:08 pm

    Getting on Amanpour is heavy. Well done, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Forever engaging and eloquent.

  6. kratos

    April 17, 2017 at 5:15 pm

    i dont get it… Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie should talk about something else….

    • The Real Oma

      April 17, 2017 at 7:06 pm

      @kRATOS, Why? Because gender equality is not worth talking about? Or that is not admirable to focus on one issue of importance? Or simply because her stance and all she stands for makes you uncomfortable?
      Which is it?

    • Genesis

      April 18, 2017 at 12:28 am

      She actually did talk about other topics. Topics like Race etc maybe you can do some research or watch the interview.

  7. Susie

    April 17, 2017 at 5:25 pm

    For those complaining bitterly about her talking about gender issues: Why did you even click this story if listening to her talk about such issues annoys you so much? Those of us who are distressed at the state of girl child marriage, FGM, domestic violence on our continent are very happy she’s talking & I hope she continues talking till these issues are eradicated. That is her job as a writer to point at societies’ faults & advocate for change. As she said, this is not about saying all men are evil contrary to what some people think. It’s about advocating for equal opportunities for all people- male or female. I have a daughter & would like her to grow up in a world where she is not denied opportunities just because she’s a woman

    • Chief

      April 17, 2017 at 6:55 pm

      @Sussie…

      What equal opportunities? by only advocating for women????? Your comment is completely off and is the product of radical feminism which has been growing like a virus in our society.Anyway when some of the most prominent feminist like her make openly hateful anti male statement and the society do nothing to distance themselves from such public statements,then it’s pretty clear that the hatred of men has an accepted place in the media.My problem with her is that she exploits the legitimate claims of equal right as a cloak to usher in her divisive,hateful and neurotic interests,that are plainly anti male and not about equal rights..It’s a pity that Misandry has been made politically correct by feminists.

      As for the assertion that women have no power it doesn’t pass even a basic sniff test because there are powerful women in various walks of life.There are women representation in government,economic institutions and there are women that are leaders in many social institutions(Although they are few because of their unwillingness to engage in economic,political,social or even violent conflicts.Our system has made it very easy for women.So what are they fighting for?

      Feminists want to be like men but enjoy the privileges of being woman.Women have a greater share of the employment than men due to the fact that women are more privilege than men.We live in a society where societies are moved by issues pertaining to women.Women have been given every advantage in their contract than men and they still want more?.Men go to war .Men are dying in Sambisa forest to rescue Chiboks girls and also protect you. I’ll continue to say that the main tenant of their ugly ideology is the opposition of patriarchal rule.The hatred of patriarchy is like a disease now,multiplying and festering in the worst possible ways.

      Bottom line I don’t agree with what feminism is doing or rather has done to our African culture.I’m very traditional and old fashioned African man.

    • Caramel chic

      April 17, 2017 at 9:29 pm

      Hey @chief I found your response rather intriguing 🙂 Though I dont agree with the majority of what you said.. I can see you have some adamant thoughts on her interview. I’m wondering if you do live in Nigeria? In addition rather than me disregarding your view on her interview. If you can put your personal frustrations aside. Would you be able to agree that we have severe issues regarding the way girls^women are treated and addressed in Nigeria? In a way completely different to men. I think we need to address that as our main pain and begin work on how we can counter that. What do you think?

    • Mark

      April 17, 2017 at 9:41 pm

      Chief – You sound like a mythologically-encrypted bitter old man who just hates it when a woman has a view point – any viewpoint. You’d rather she was in the kitchen with a baby on her back like your forefather’s did huh? That will caress your ego wouldn’t it? Its would make you sleep better at night as well maybe? This problem with backward thinking men like you is that you wish all women BUT your daughter (s) – if you have one, are completely and continuously not only dependent on men for daily bread but remind quiet in the houses they live in which the men must own or pay rent. With this mindset, you being a disaster to your offspring is a giving. I’d be committed to pray this artificial insanity out of your life. It shouldn’t be that you have only a body in 2017 because your mind is 1917. No. Its unacceptable. Women are thriving. They are shattering bloody concrete ceilings and carrying other women along. Tenacious women are taking the center stage and when they stage, the world stands still. DEAL WITH IT!

    • Engoz

      April 17, 2017 at 9:50 pm

      @Chief
      “Men go to war .Men are dying in Sambisa forest to rescue Chiboks girls and also protect you. I’ll continue to say that the main tenant of their ugly ideology is the opposition of patriarchal rule.The hatred of patriarchy is like a disease now,multiplying and festering in the worst possible ways.”

      I have told you before that your African patriarchal culture will die by itself because it cannot compete technologically in the modern world. It is a failure!

      All these nonsense emotional rant of ‘men going to war for ‘women’ is silly!

      War is a dick measuring contest for you little boys. Men go to war to war with fellow emotionally decrepit men who are being led by guess what another bunch of emotionally, irrational MEN. It makes perfect sense and it’s all FAIR that it should be men that will die for these causes they single-handedly made, because…

      Majority policy makers aka trouble makers, terrorist groups are men. ISIS, Kim Jung Un, Trump, Assad, all war mongering nuisance living up to the childish, emotional male expectation. Nigeria boasts of over 95% policy making leadership in the executive, legislative and judiciary since and prior to 1960. After making useless policies and turning the world upside, you have the effrontery to talk about ‘protecting the female’. The world is a terrible place because of your irrational gender. Your gender keep on making inherently stupid policies and it is only fair that it’s only your gender that must die in war.

    • JJ

      April 17, 2017 at 9:52 pm

      Chief, thanks for articulating what I wanted to say. I couldn’t have written it better. Nigerian men are in real trouble but they don’t know it yet. Most of the men are sleep walking into a situation where one day, they’ll wake up and find they can no longer provide for their families because the jobs have all gone to the women in some form of affirmative action.

      Every other day, I hear one company or another proclaiming that they will focus on hiring women as if they are the only people in need of a job. A lot of these companies now have an empowerment programme to hire women only at the detriment of men.

      These pro-women groups keep talking about how to empower the girl/child at the detriment of the young man coming out of college and can’t find work. Who is fighting for the young man? No one. The pro-women/feminist groups talk about women advancement at the detriment of men as if men have monthly meetings to exclude women in the workplace. No such thing happens.

    • Jade

      April 18, 2017 at 5:11 pm

      in this same Nigeria that has only 1 female senator from 19 Northern states???so you support patriarchy but are upset cos someone else is feminist? You need help

  8. SmartDon

    April 17, 2017 at 6:29 pm

    This is MAJOR!
    Please, when last did ANY Nigerian feature on Amanpour!?

    • Muse

      April 17, 2017 at 6:40 pm

      Last year, PMB.

    • SmartDon

      April 17, 2017 at 6:49 pm

      hahahaaaa**what did he speak? Turenchi!!?

    • Muse

      April 17, 2017 at 7:12 pm

      PMB was featured on Amanpour, whether he spoke turrenchi or turaka, na you know

    • Chief

      April 17, 2017 at 11:41 pm

      @Caramel Chick

      No doubt, although there are many positions occupied by men but there’s nothing preventing women for striving for these positions .There’s no specific statue prohibiting female involvement in society and Nigeria has made progress in improving opportunities for women.There are many injustices in our society for men.Why are men the ones fighting and dying in wars? Why should men kneel down to propose? is that perception rightly justified? Women are more privileged than men in Nigeria because they are being employed more than men.women can hit a man but if a man hits back it’s a serious assault.Too common are feminists phrases like women being oppressed,objectified,have no control over their lives/choices/careers such statements are not based in reality rather women are killing chivalry,honestly women are shooting themselves in the foot.This reminds me when Feminist Yahoo CEO Marrissa Mayer was hiring only women and at the same time was sacking company’s male workers.We did not hear any complain from feminists camp.

      [email protected]

      Exactly,The name feminists claims to a synonym for equality but i see no consistent pattern of interest in equality between both sexes i only see a movement obsessed with seeking power and control for women without the necessary merit and experienced that would be required.Don’t mind her she wish she had the power to make women more powerful than men.Feminism is ugly women lashing out and getting back at men for not wanting them because most of the actual man haters are repulsively ugly and prude.

      BTW I have no ill feelings towards women.Women are awesome but i’m against feminism

    • Chief

      April 18, 2017 at 7:59 am

      Engoz..

      Seriously????? You see the effects of western civilization culture on Africa.Our culture is going into oblivion right in our eyes.Modernity and feminism are enemies of our African culture.Patriarchy was passed down to us by our Ancestors.To completely abandon it would be a clear break with past,a model in which men lead/preside can be found throughout our scriptures and traditions.Feminists want to strip us of our African patriarchal society..

      Does patriarchy benefit women in Africa? Much has been said in feminists articles and interviews about how women are oppressed by patriarchy.My assertion is that patriarchy society creates an incentive structure that enables women to harness male energy and initiative for the benefit of women and their children.

      My questions still remains; Are men more privileged than women in our society? Women slap men all the time,it is widely accepted so why is there such a huge double standard? You insist on equality but always take the standpoint on men should never hit a women”so hypocritical”.Why do women scream equality one minute and then suddenly get traditional the next? especially in marriage,engagement,divorce etc.

      Feminism is a western culture that is challenging our traditional belief systems. as Africans.We Africans are so obsessed with Western culture,is it inferiority complex?

    • kay

      April 18, 2017 at 1:25 pm

      Why don’t you relocate back to your village and fetch water from the stream?, why do you use a mobile phone? why do you drive a car? Since you so much reject western civilization, or you do so only when it doesn’t favor you? Are you afraid that your wife will one day not be subjected to pounding yam for you morning and night? Well, brace yourself, Winter is coming!!!!!

    • Engoz

      April 18, 2017 at 4:31 pm

      @Chief
      Your culture is going out of ‘oblivion’ because African Patriarchy was DEFEATED by Western Patriarchy. Your patriarchy cannot compete with the big boys, that is why it will die a natural death. Your education on African culture is limited. If you were educated enough on African precolonial cultures you will dare not challenge the premise of women’s rights. I cannot take you seriously because what you parade as African culture is actually a culture of your White daddy that defeated your institutions during colonialism.

      “My assertion is that patriarchy society creates an incentive structure that enables women to harness male energy and initiative for the benefit of women and their children. “My questions still remains; Are men more privileged than women in our society?”

      What a load of hogwash! An assertion is often without support or reason. I will tell you why there’s no reason in the male energy nonsense you wrote. Patriarchy is a social system in which males hold primary power and predominate in roles of political leadership, moral authority, social privilege and control of property. If a social system automatically alludes political leadership, social privilege, moral authority, control of property to males, HOW THEN CAN YOU ARGUE OR ASK THE QUESTION WHETHER MEN ARE MORE PRIVILEGED THAN WOMEN IN OUR SOCIETY? Your assertion is logically flawed. This social system has proven itself to be a danger to any reasonable person because it cannot survive without the suppression of half of humanity’s population. It is a system that prioritizes on the male automatic access to power. It is a system that practices a fraudulent morality that punishes the female unjustly for the same actions a male commits. It is a system that ENFORCED harsh and punitive widowhood rites, forced childhood marriages, sexual violence in conflict situations. This conversation will be thoroughly irrelevant if it didn’t come with your oppression.

      “Women slap men all the time,it is widely accepted so why is there such a huge double standard? You insist on equality but always take the standpoint on men should never hit a women”so hypocritical”.Why do women scream equality one minute and then suddenly get traditional the next? especially in marriage,engagement,divorce etc.”

      This is another silly assertion with absolutely no support or reason. Feminism is against any violence against any human being. A man should not hit a woman, and a woman should not hit a man. It is simple logic. Keep your darn hands to yourself. Also, you had better start making a distinction between your patriarchal two-faced women and a FEMINIST. A feminist will NEVER argue for equality and then request for some traditional nonsense in marriage, engagement or divorce. Divorce laws in the West are actually a remnant of patriarchy where it rewards women with cookies after a divorce. Sweden which is fiercely feminist country got rid of this remnant of patriarchy. Alimony is not given to any wife. Both women and men have joint custody. You are talking divorce, as if in your nonsense patriarchy in Nigeria, women get anything from a divorce. So what is the point of your patriarchy for women? Feminism checked and will continue to check patriarchy. It’s not going anywhere no matter how many toys you throw out of your pram.

    • Engoz

      April 18, 2017 at 9:29 pm

      @Chief
      Your culture is going out of ‘oblivion’ because African Patriarchy was DEFEATED by Western Patriarchy. Your patriarchy cannot compete with the big boys, that is why it will die a natural death. Your education on African culture is limited. If you were educated enough on African precolonial cultures you will dare not challenge the premise of women’s rights. I cannot take you seriously because what you parade as African culture is actually a culture of your White daddy that defeated your institutions during colonialism.
      “My assertion is that patriarchy society creates an incentive structure that enables women to harness male energy and initiative for the benefit of women and their children. “My questions still remains; Are men more privileged than women in our society?”
      What a load of hogwash! An assertion is often without support or reason. I will tell you why there’s no reason in the male energy nonsense you wrote. Patriarchy is a social system in which males hold primary power and predominate in roles of political leadership, moral authority, social privilege and control of property. If a social system automatically alludes political leadership, social privilege, moral authority, control of property to males, HOW THEN CAN YOU ARGUE OR ASK THE QUESTION WHETHER MEN ARE MORE PRIVILEGED THAN WOMEN IN OUR SOCIETY? Your assertion is logically flawed. This social system has proven itself to be a danger to any reasonable person because it cannot survive without the suppression of half of humanity’s population. It is a system that prioritizes on the male automatic access to power. It is a system that practices a fraudulent morality that punishes the female unjustly for the same actions a male commits. It is a system that ENFORCED harsh and punitive widowhood rites, forced childhood marriages, sexual violence in conflict situations. This conversation will be thoroughly irrelevant if it didn’t come with your oppression.
      “Women slap men all the time,it is widely accepted so why is there such a huge double standard? You insist on equality but always take the standpoint on men should never hit a women”so hypocritical”.Why do women scream equality one minute and then suddenly get traditional the next? especially in marriage,engagement,divorce etc.”
      This is another silly assertion with absolutely no support or reason. Feminism is against any violence against any human being. A man should not hit a woman, and a woman should not hit a man. It is simple logic. Keep your darn hands to yourself. Also, you had better start making a distinction between your patriarchal two-faced women and a FEMINIST. A feminist will NEVER argue for equality and then request for some traditional nonsense in marriage, engagement or divorce. Divorce laws in the West are actually a remnant of patriarchy where it rewards women with cookies after a divorce. Sweden which is fiercely feminist country got rid of this remnant of patriarchy. Alimony is not given to any wife. Both women and men have joint custody. You are talking divorce, as if in your nonsense patriarchy in Nigeria, women get anything from a divorce. So what is the point of your patriarchy for women? Feminism checked and will continue to check patriarchy. It’s not going anywhere no matter how many toys you throw out of your pram.

  9. The Real Oma

    April 17, 2017 at 7:07 pm

    LOVE, LOVE LOVE.
    Well done Chimamanda, you keep soaring higher.
    Jisike nwanyi oma.

  10. chichie

    April 17, 2017 at 7:51 pm

    Chimamanda. Pls when is your next book coming out? As much as I love the issues you are fighting for, and the interviews, I want to reeeeaaaddd a story from you. When is the next book of fiction? Maybe a sequel to Purple Hibiscus cos honestly that was my best of them all.

    @George, right. Of course they are intimidated. She’s intelligent naa, too intelligent for most Nigerians to actually comprehend. And quite private about her accomplishments. We don’t want a Nigerian woman talking with Amanpour – naa, we want her talking about her MCM, how her hubby is the best thing that ever happened, how having children completes her or how many Gucci bags she has so we can openly condemn her for the sin of ‘show off’. Any topic outside of that puts her on a pedestal that is discomforting. welcome to Nigeria.

  11. funmilola

    April 17, 2017 at 7:55 pm

    chimamanda rocks anytime!

  12. Respek

    April 17, 2017 at 8:50 pm

    This girl right here is some high level Goals man!! Baba God, help me raise my daughter to be this intelligent, this confident, this smart.

    This is what moves me! Not all the who wore it better? Check out xxx’s new Céliné (hope I accented enough for y’all trippers!) purse. peep xxx’s new whip.

    No substance from 99% of Nigerian youths! Stay there be plotting how to purchase and “install” the latest fad in weaves while your brain cells remain empty.

    This here is why Nigerian gals hate on Chimamanda.

    Put some RESPEK on her name people!!

  13. jirla

    April 17, 2017 at 10:11 pm

    I’m proud of you Chimamanda. At least one Nigerian interview in which I didn’t have to hide my head in shame. If gender is what matters to you go for it. We are with you all the way.

  14. JJ

    April 17, 2017 at 10:30 pm

    Chimamanda would like to run for Governor, Senator or maybe President of Nigeria someday. However, she does not want to go through the rudimentaries of getting elected. She and her cohorts would rather they be handed over the positions because men have dominated those positions over the years and it’s time a woman held that position to level the playing field.

    It’s part of the feminist/pro-women agenda in Nigeria, that a percentage of all jobs be set aside for women only to bring about equality.

    They also want a set-aside on all corporate boards because women need to be represented regardless of the ownership of the company and merit.

    • nnenne

      April 18, 2017 at 3:00 am

      @JJ… What else is new?
      Has quota systems not done that and more?
      Tell us, what are you really afraid of?

      Nice interview as usual Chimamanda!

  15. john

    April 18, 2017 at 8:13 am

    Yahoo CEO Marrissa Mayerwas hiring only women andat the same time was sacking company’s male workers.We did not hear any complain from feminists camp…………….no wonder yahoo is a mess and falling like a pack of cards…but I trust white people ..they will just wake up and fire her ..she wont even know what hit her hillary.. why cant women go and create thier own company rather than leaching on men and complaining as well..like that facebbok Coo sherly sandberg who is makes alot of noise that you will think she is the man who created facebbok..I dont blame them sha , I blame the men that gave them that platform to talk rubbish

  16. Greatness

    April 18, 2017 at 9:13 am

    Yes!!! Chimamanda for President of Nigeria. She stay gracious. #chimamandaforpresident

  17. Damilola

    April 18, 2017 at 1:47 pm

    I love listening to this woman. Brilliance and confidence at its best.

  18. Theophilus Jacob

    April 26, 2017 at 5:54 am

    Without being mean or having any evil thoughts, am just here wondering how perfect her husband need to be to cope with feminism struggle. The man need to get mouth o.

  19. northern lights

    December 9, 2017 at 7:15 pm

    Some of the nonsensical comments on this great individual’s interview is the reason why #weshouldallbefeminists. If you do not KNOW the TRUE meaning of the word, please invest in a dictionary and look it up..or you could just use this amazing search engine called ‘google’ to research it BEFORE you form an opinion I beg you @[email protected]…@chief…@shaki et al. Please, it’s 2017. Educate yourselves.Do better.

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