Award-winning Nigerian writer, essayist, and speaker, Chimamanda Adichie, is one of the loudest voices on feminism in this generation.
She recently spoke before the United Nations about the global refugee crisis and has had a lot of other impressive career achievements.
Chimamanda Adichie recently sat down with Dutch daily de Volkskrant in an interview about the upcoming Dutch translation of the essay version of her speech “We should all be feminists.”
The speech had been sampled on Beyonce’s song “Flawless” which was released three years ago and linked the writer to the singer in a way that is seemingly hard to beat.
Interviews since then have seen her constantly fielding questions about Beyonce. She spoke to Dutch daily de Volkskrant about that saying;
“I was shocked about how many requests for an interview I received when that song was released. Literally every major newspaper in the world wanted to speak with me about Beyonce. I felt such a resentment.”
In past interviews, Chimamanda Adichie has mostly deflected questions about Beyonce. But this time around, she admitted that she admires the pop star but has always chafed under the suggestion that the song marked beginning of her career. She told the paper;
“I thought: I am a writer and I have been for some time and I refuse to perform in this charade that is now apparently expected of me: ‘Thanks to Beyonce, my life will never be the same again.’ That’s why I didn’t speak about it much.”
Chimamanda Adichie also shared in her interview with de Volkskrant, after crediting Beyonce for taking a stand on social and political issues over the last few years, that the singer’s style is not her style. She said;
“…Her type of feminism is not mine, as it is the kind that, at the same time, gives quite a lot of space to the necessity of men. I think men are lovely, but I don’t think that women should relate everything they do to men. Did he hurt me? Do I forgive him? Did he put a ring on my finger? We women are so conditioned to relate everything to men.
Put a group of women together and the conversation will eventually be about men. Put a group of men together and they will not talk about women at all, they will just talk about their own stuff. We women should spend about 20% of our time on men, because it’s fun, but otherwise we should also be talking about our own stuff.”
She, however, concluded her comments by praising Beyoncé for “portray[ing] a woman who is in charge of her own destiny, who does her own thing.”