Chimamanda Adichie has revealed what could be seen as a conservationist side. According to the current nursing mother, her pregnancy was hidden from the media all the while because she didn’t want to “perform pregnancy”.
It has become a fashionable trend to publicize pregnancies especially by celebrities. Showing off baby bump pictures is trending and almost a must do for most women in recent times.
With social networks and the craze of being a global person, it is almost a tradition for social media lovers to make resounding statements for all and sundry with personal pictures as such.
The writer and feminist who recently received an honorary degree from John Hopkins University quietly went through her 9 months of pregnancy. This typically proves that the powerful African star has a clear-cut line between her public figure and her personal life.
Bluntly putting it, when Chimamanda says she didn’t want to perform pregnancy, she meant it was nobody’s business. She does not owe anyone any pre-delivery drama. She confessed that some of her friends were not aware she just put to bed.
“I have some friends who probably don’t know I was pregnant or that I had a baby. I just feel like we live in an age when women are supposed to perform pregnancy. We don’t expect fathers to perform fatherhood.”
Dr, Chiamamnda’s new birth came off in the course of her interview with London’s Financial Times. Reacting to her order at the restaurant, the secret slipped:
“This is just very sugary, very sweet. I would probably have a glass of wine, but I’m breastfeeding, I’m happy to announce.”
“This is the first time I’m saying it publicly. I have a lovely little girl so I feel like I haven’t slept … but it’s also just really lovely and strange.”
To perform pregnancy is an expression that unequivocally shows the gross superficiality that comes with some of these baby bump show offs. As said earlier, it is trendy for some. On the other hand, Chimamanda and a host of other women with conservationist view do not think it is important to flaunt their pregnancies beyond their private space.
Not that there is anything wrong in capturing and making memories of beautiful moments in life. Some people believe it should be a more personal affair.
“I went into hiding. I wanted it to be as personal as possible.”
It is refreshing to know that female celebrities still have a right to privacy; regardless of pressure from fans and trends to live and breathe all the way in the public eye.