- Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has shared how much she loves being a Nigerian and Igbo but how she is not an ambassador of the country
- Chimamanda said that there are also many things she detests about Nigeria
- Speaking further in the interview, the writer said that she refused to accept American citizenship for a long time but is now considering it after her father was kidnapped in 2015
- Chimamanda said it was the American embassy that helped and not the Nigerian government
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Popular Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, recently spoke with The African Report on feminism, being regarded as an ambassador for Nigeria and also stalling on accepting American citizenship.
The 42-year-old writer is no doubt looked up to by many as she has become a role model for numerous people all over the world due to her hot takes on feminism and her novels.
However, Chimamanda has said that she does not see herself as an ambassador for Nigeria. According to her, she is an ambassador of herself and she does not represent the country.
The writer said that there are things about the country she did not like but she was also proud of her Nigerian and Igbo identity.
She said: “I am an ambassador for myself. I don’t represent Nigeria; there are things about Nigeria I don’t like, but at the same time I am very very proud of my Nigerian identity. I was born and raised in Nigeria, which I didn’t leave until I was 19. I’m proud to be Nigerian, I’m proud to be African, I’m proud to be Igbo. I would not be who I am today if I wasn’t all of those things. So, it’s very important to me.”
Despite constantly shuttling between Nigeria and America, Chimamanda had refused to become an American citizen even though she was being eyed by the country to become one.
She said she was planning to become an American citizen at some point but she was still delaying it. Chimamanda, however, spoke on how she did not want to become an American but changed her mind after her father was kidnapped in 2015 and it was the American embassy that helped them and not the Nigerian government.
Chimamanda said: “For a long time I didn’t want to become a US citizen because I believed that part of the experience of being Nigerian is experiencing the humiliations of travelling on a Nigerian passport. But I changed my mind about US citizenship after my father was kidnapped in 2015 and it was the American embassy in Lagos and not the Nigerian government who helped my family, and even sent a therapist to my father after he was released. I now plan to become an American citizen at some point, but I guess I’m still delaying it.”
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