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She’s on a Mission! Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie covers Telegraph Magazine



Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie covers Telegraph Magazine | BellaNaijaNigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was featured on the cover of the October 27 issue of Telegraph Magazine, where she discussed Nigeria, misogyny, and the #MeToo movement.

Chimamanda talked about losing faith in Nigeria after her father was kidnapped in 2015, how she feels he was kidnapped because of her.

She said:

It was because of me. That incident affected my father – it robbed him of something; there’s a distrust that he didn’t have before. He comes from a generation with a certain kind of integrity. For a long time he didn’t understand things like bribery – it just perplexed him. My father had given his everything – he got his PhD in the US and he had job offers there in the 1960s, but he was keen to come back to Nigeria. It was post-independence, everyone was very enthusiastic and my father spent his life teaching. I felt that Nigeria had failed him – for a man of his age to be thrown into the boot of a car …That incident broke my heart and it’s the first time I started to seriously question Nigeria.

The cover story is up on the Telegraph website, and you can read it here.


  1. Engoz

    November 15, 2018 at 3:39 pm

    I’m always taken aback by a certain class’ recent questioning of Nigeria. What on earth did you think that demonic country/Satan’s stronghold was, before your recent experiences? My answer will be that this disaster has not only reached the doorsteps, it is now a family member in the home of the semi-privileged class. In Chimamanda’s own words “Privilege blinds”. This class often have an unnecessary gangster air of patriotism despite the countless, glaring faults of Nigeria.
    Telegraph wants us to pay to read the article…rolls eyes.

    • Life

      November 15, 2018 at 10:38 pm

      But who would save Nigeria @Engoz. Are we all going to abandon the “devil’s stronghold”? whatever western country you are in was once a “devil’s stronghold and demonic country”. It is okay of you are not patriotic but let the patriots be. There is hope. Some people need to do the dirty work. Everybody has bad experiences that make them seriously question life and the country they are in. Please I have hope as some people

  2. Bernard Ayo Oniwe

    November 15, 2018 at 5:10 pm

    @Engoz, you are of course free to air your opinion of Nigeria but you should please do so, I plead, with some modicum of restraints in tone of language. That said, I beg to differ from your description of Nigeria as “that demonic country/Satan’s stronghold,” Nigeria is flawed as a country, we all know, but describing a place that gives many of us our identity and birth into the global world in those extreme and insensitive words is, to say the least, ludicrous! Ngozi Chimamanda Adichie, her privilege class not withstanding has the right to express her vision of the country from that point of view; we all are entitled to our different points of view.but let us do so in a respectful and reasonable manner-our humanity demands so.. Nigeria can get better (will get better) if we start believing and making our own positive personal efforts to the project-even if it involves giving harsh criticisms, but let them be sane and constructive..Again, with all due respect to you, I am only expressing my opinion on the tone of your critique of my country..

  3. Elle

    November 16, 2018 at 12:15 pm

    Well said Bernard and Life. Well said. Thank you for your comments, couldn’t agree less.

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