Book of lies? Anne Giwa-Amu’s false plagiarism accusation against Chimamanda Adichie

Book of lies? Anne Giwa-Amu’s false plagiarism accusation against Chimamanda Adichie

A YouTube video has been uploaded to show proof that plagiarism allegations made against world-renowned writer, Chimamanda Adichie by UK based Welsh-Nigerian Anne Giwa-Amu are false. Giwa-Amu who is a civil servant in the UK had alleged via her social media platforms that Adichie’s award-winning book, Half of A Yellow Sun was an exact copy of her novel Sade.

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Uploaded May 30 by a group called Concerned Citizens, the YouTube video was titled “BUSTED! Anne Giwa-Amu Lied About Chimamanda Adichie Plagiarism Accusation.” The video made clear side-by-side comparisons between events and contents of both books, nullifying Giwa-Amu's claim. It showed that for one, the characters of the books in question were of different descent. It also eviscerated Giwa-Amu's claim that literary icon, the late Chinua Achebe contacted Adichie to work on infringing her book, making reference to an article published in 2012 by Premium Times Nigeria that confirmed Adichie never had a proper conversation with Achebe in the three times she met him before his passing.

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It also went further to reveal that contrary to Giwa-Amu's claim, Adichie had been researching on Biafra for a long time including interviewing relatives, seeing as her parents were survivors of the civil war which also claimed the lives of both her grandfathers. "Chimamanda wrote a play about Biafra at the age of 17. She published a short story titled Half of A Yellow Sun before the novel. She did not meet Achebe until AFTER she finished her book," the video revealed.

Recall mid-March this year, Wylie Agency - the literary agency of multiple award-winning and internationally acclaimed Chimamanda Adichie - released a statement to rebuke the accusations made by Giwa-Amu. According to the agency: "A professional independent reader was appointed to read both novels. The reader concluded that there was absolutely no basis for Giwa-Amu’s claim and advised that the claim should not be pursued. Giwa-Amu nevertheless continued with the claim".

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It should be noted that Giwa-Amu has been pursuing this claim since 2016 but it was struck down by a United Kingdom court. "The court ordered Giwa-Amu to pay Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and her publishers the sum of £14,250, which Giwa-Amu is yet to pay. The court also ordered Giwa-Amu to pay the legal costs Adichie incurred in defending her “baseless claim”. “Till date, Giwa-Amu has not paid the money," Wiley Agency's statement revealed.

In the YouTube video, Giwa-Amu is described as purely envious saying her allegations do not have one single reasonable proof to confirm plagiarism, thereby eradicating her entire claim.


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