Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The need to disseminate African literature

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: The need to disseminate African literature

The resumption of the readingmainly by younger groups that were born in a digital world, it is a movement advocated by many, but the campaign in favor of a greater number of readers for pleasure sins in diversity.

Most of the literature consumed in Brazil follows the America-Europe axis, with very few african works and Asian published and popular in the country. In the case of Asian culture, even with different elements, it has been more easily spread throughout the national territory due to the popularization of Kpop – South Korean musical genre. But what about African culture?

Despite being a country with a large portion of the population being of African descent, Brazil does not have the practice of consuming literary content from Africa itself, with very few African books published in Brazilian territory. This fact demonstrates once again the roots of structural racism in that nation.

This lack of interest of the population in material coming from the continent, the cradle of humanity, means that many do not know such important figures of the current world scenario, as the author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Photo by author Chimamanda

Chimamanda is a Nigerian author who stands out in contemporary times for her very well-developed writing books and stories that not only bring the Nigerian historical-cultural scene to the pages but also translate her people’s daily lives into magnificent stories about personal growth, love and the fight against prejudice.

The author develops many debates, whether explicit or implicit, about Nigeria’s colonial roots, prejudice in countries like the United States and England against African people, among other subjects, whether in her books or in speeches, such as her famous Ted Talk about the danger of a single story.

Photo by the author, Chimamanda, speaking at a TED TALK

What makes it so special is its resourcefulness to develop from banal themes to complex structures of the current world scenario, generally linking these two subjects and creating extremely motivating arguments and speeches, as shown in its second Ted Talk, in which it talks about feminism, demonstrating the need for all humanity to support the movement.

His books are a great way to get out of the western bubble, in which the current Brazilian literary community lives, as he develops stories about the daily life of the Nigerian middle class, showing their history, traditions and observing the population not as exotic – which is how many of us look at African countries – but as a society like all others.

Best books by the author to go deeper

1. Americanah

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tells the love story between Ifemelu and Obinze, a couple, initially, teenagers separated by life. Young people go through many discoveries and prejudices over the years and have their paths crossed again.

This story spans 3 different continents at different times and shows Nigerian culture, prejudices against African people in other countries and many social dramas that exist around the world, such as racism and machismo.

The story is not afraid to bring heavy topics to the fore, but it develops relationships in a unique way, with relationships and feelings treated in a very realistic way, but no less moving.

The story of Ifemelu and Obinze is very worth reading, be it for the novel, the dramas, the achievements or the author’s writing, all aspects of this book are very well developed and wonderful.


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This book can be considered a historical novel that tells about the period of the Biafra War, when the Igbo ethnic group separated from the rest of Nigeria, after the massacre of several ethnic people by the Hausa, another ethnic group present in Nigeria, after they took power in 1966.

However, the story is not just focused on this conflict, developing novels and psychological dramas among individuals who must continue their lives while the whole conflict occurs.

The story takes place from different points of view, developing a very heavy plot, with shocking scenes of violence and rape, but with captivating characters who are constantly fighting for their ideals during a brutal war.

It is very worth reading, not only for dealing with a war little talked about in the West, but also for building a story that makes us rethink a lot about ourselves and how we are not grateful for our privileges.


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The author’s first book tells the story of Kambili, a teenager who lives in a highly religious and wealthy family in Nigeria, where her father cultivates a “white” life for his family, being terrified of the “pagan” culture of his people. The plot unfolds when, while spending a season at her aunt’s house, she falls in love with a priest.

The story criticizes the colonial roots that are very much cultivated by the Nigerian elite, of valuing what is European and white, reports the political and dictatorial issues experienced in Nigeria of the period, in addition to bringing machismo to the conversation.

it is a story of the struggle for rights, the escape from all oppressions in the eyes of a frightened young teenager. It is a reading that brings poetry to maturity and resistance.

Finally, it is clear that it is necessary to discover new stories about Africa, so that, as Chimamanda says, there is not a single story about such a diverse and rich territory.

Meet African authors who explore and explore the language, whether the most classic ones like Mia Couto, or current authors like Scholastique Mukasonga, the important thing is to get out of this very common axis in which we live and give more voice to African literature in the Brazilian publishing market.

More visibility is needed because deconstruction comes from living with diversity and knowledge of African culture, through reading, consolidates, and much, in this process. Let’s do our part.