The name Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is one that resonates with many in modern African literature. Not only has the strong feminism advocate done well for herself both in Nigeria and outside the shores of Africa, she is considered one of the top writers of this generation.
In a recent social media post, the “Half of A Yellow Sun” bestselling author has revealed four Igbo authors who influenced her writings.
According to her, the influence of writers like Chinua Achebe, Flora Nwapa, Buchi Emecheta and Chukwuemeka Nkem have greatly affected her work because if they had not written their own books the way they did, she would not have had the emotional courage to write her own books.
“Igboland produced great writers, if Chinua Achebe, Flora Nwapa, Chi Emecheta and Chukwuemeka Nkem had not written the books they did, when and how they did, I would not have had the emotional courage to write my own books and so today I honor them and I stand respectfully in their shadow.”
This post is coming after a recent visit that the “Purple Hibiscus” writer to Nobel Laureate, Wole Soyinka, whom she also had nice words for. Sharing a picture of the both of them on IG, she wrote:
“You are, for me, a guiding light: Your courage. The ease with which you inhabit your skin, speaking your mind, unburdened by
apology. Your kindness and humour. Your utter coolness. The urgent, terse poetry of The Man Died, the exuberance of Ake; your faith in possibility, in adventure, in progress. Yes indeed, ‘the mindless ones are neither the total sum nor the true face of humanity.’ Thank you, Prof. CNA”