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Igbo people can’t unite for presidency yet talk about Biafra - Chimamanda Adichie


Chimamanda Adichie gave her opinion about Biafra during her interview with Ebuka Obi-Uchendu.

The renowned writer wondered how Igbos can achieve Biafra when they can't unite towards selecting a Nigerian president who is from the region.

The 43-year-old said Igbo people got to rethink how they strategise politically before talking about secession.

She said: There is no Biafra. There are new movements but, for me, it’s an issue of being practical. Where would the border be? what's propelling these movements may be a sense of marginalisation, which i feel is totally valid.


But this concept that the solution is independence is what I’m not convinced of. Nobody has made a logical case for me. Quite frankly, I’ve observed the terrible leadership that we've within the southeast.


Igbo people cannot unite if, for instance , we are saying we want an Igbo president. then we’re talking about Biafra. there's tons of political work we'd like to do within the southeast.

We need to do a lot of rethinking on how we strategise politically before we will mention Biafra.

She also spoke about misogyny within the South East and its effect on politics.

She said: "There are things I quarrel with, in Igbo culture. It’s misogynistic, as are many cultures. That’s the matter . the world is misogynistic. At my father’s funeral, they showed where the widow, my mother, would sit.

 and that they showed where the sons within the relatives (umunna) would sit. That’s where those coming would attend present whatever they carry . It’s the sons’. which was the top . My father had three daughters. There was no place for them.

I raised the question and a person in my umunna said we might need to lollygag around . There’s a drag thereupon .

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There’s a lady who apparently going to rule governor in Anambra state.


I’m having a conversation with a gaggle of individuals and what they’re saying is, ‘Can a lady rule Anambra?’ does one need a dangling organ to rule a state? It’s hard enough for both male and feminine politicians.


But women have this extra problem of perception, a reason that many of us won’t vote them.


Igbo culture is simply not excellent when it involves gender. Culture as we've it are rules men made to profit men.


In my hometown, I seem to possess this status of an ‘honorary man’ and that’s due to my achievements. People adapt once they see some benefits thereto which suggests that it’s changeable. It’s engraved on the stones.

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