When one of the most talented writers of our time meets up with one of the biggest fashion bibles ever, the result can only be magic.
That’s what you call Chimamanda Adichie’s chat with fashion magazine Vogue. Short, clear and succinct.
The Nigerian author talks about her all famous TedxEuston speech which went viral and was even picked up by Beyoncé for her latest album.
Chimamanda has said previously spoken of how she had gotten wary of the ‘Beyonce’ effect on her fame as if that was some sort of validation. Here again, she sets the records straight. When asked how she felt to have been approached by the all-conquering queen Bey, the straighttalking, no-nonsense Adichie replied, “I’m so bored by this question, but I will say that I’m happy that my thirteen-year-old niece calls herself a feminist—not because I made the speech, but because of Beyoncé. Having attained the status of “cool” to my niece is wonderful.”
A strong voice for feminism, Adichie admits that it isn’t always the easiest topic to broach in conservative and culture rich Africa, although she remains bouyed by the response her speech has garnered the world over.
Her Tedx speech, now launching as an e-book, won Adichie many fans around the world when she proclaimed that ‘we should all be feminists’, chalenging pre-existing views about the role of women in Africa and the world in general.
Adichie says that while there’s still a long way to go before women are seen as more than homemakers and housewives, she’s happy that at least, her speeches such as hers has sparked a discourse on a topic that was often dismissed as a cause for knickers burning women who staged protests.
“We don’t really talk about gender, and I’m very much a believer in the power of discourse, in having conversations, of trying to reach out,” she tells Vogue.
“When I think about gender, I think it’s a shame that it’s thought of as women’s business. Why aren’t men interested? It concerns both. The ideas are harmful to women, but to accept them also reduces men, the ability, the intelligence, the way so many people would be so much happier if we raised boys differently. I really do believe that men and women should all be feminists.”
Read the full interview on Vogue.