Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s latest book not only proves she’s an amazing writer but an incredible friend.
For her sixth work, the Nigerian-born novelist pens a touching tribute in response to a letter she received from her childhood friend years ago, who had just given birth to her daughter. In her inquiry to Adichie, Ijeawele writes a tender requisition on how to raise her newborn daughter, Chizalum, as a feminist in the face of today’s social climate.
The author’s reply: a 9,221-word memo called, Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions.
In her latest work, due out March 7, the author of Purple Hibiscus lays out fifteen priceless lessons on empowerment and the importance of being strong and independent; stepping out of social and political gender expectations; and provides other fundamental devices, or “Feminist Tools,” that constitutes that women should matter and exist as equally as their male counterpart.
On October 12, 2016, Adichie gave her fans quite the preview (or full scope) of what her latest book will offer young girls and mothers alike, wanting to learn the foundation of feminism:
“Dear Ijeawele, What joy. And what lovely names: Chizalum Adaora. She is so beautiful. Only a day old and she already looks curious about the world. Please know that I take your charge – how to raise her feminist – very seriously. And I understand what you mean by not always knowing what the feminist response to situations should be. For me, feminism is always contextual. I don’t have a set-in-stone rule; the closest I have to a formula are my two ‘Feminist Tools’ and I want to share them with you as a starting point.”
While this sort of transparency and disclosure may seem unusual practice for writers, it hasn’t hindered her reputation as one of the world’s most prolific contemporary writers. Plus, she’s accustomed to making her work completely visible to her audience. In July 2014, her uplifting TEDx talk entitled, “We Should All Be Feminists,” was transcribed into a book of the same name–a sound bite of Adichie’s speech can also be heard in Beyonce’s girl-power hit single, “Flawless.”
Check out Adichie’s empowering TEDx talk here:
I’ve had the honor of reading both Adichie’s We Should All Be Feminists as well as her short story collection, The Thing Around Your Neck. I can vouch for the author’s greatness and immense wisdom myself, as the latter became a quick favorite of mine.