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Thanks to interviewers asking the same questions over and over again—Beyonce feature, Half of a Yellow Sun movie, race, and hair— Adichie’s interviews in the past year have been sounding, shall I say, a bit like a broken record.

Maybe that’s why I find this video so refreshingly honest and sincere. Adichie looks relaxed in the video as she reflects on everything from her mother’s sense of beauty, her flawless skin, her fashion sense, her being full of laughter to beauty in sentences and emotions in fiction.

My favorite moment is when she says that it still surprises her when someone tells her she’s beautiful. Cute 🙂

At some point, she says: “I find melancholy to be very beautiful, melancholy in literature, melancholy in stories, in songs, even in people. In find it very beautiful.”

Wouldn’t have pegged Adichie as someone drawn to a mournful sense of loss.

Towards the end, she reflects on the various reactions to her recent novel, Americanah, commenting on which ones surprised her the most.

Don’t miss the very end of the interview when she says in between chuckles: “I can’t even make an intellectual argument in Igbo. I can gossip in Igbo. I can make fun and laugh and tease but say something sort of profound, I can’t.”

Watch and enjoy!

From Louisiana Channel


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Ainehi Edoro is an Assistant Professor of English at the University of Wisconsin-Madison where she teaches African literature. She received her doctorate at Duke University. She is the founder and editor of Brittle Paper and series editor of Ohio University Press’s Modern African Writer’s imprint.

39 Responses to “Video | Lovely Interview! | Adichie Knows Enough Igbo for Gossiping Not for Intellectual Conversations” Subscribe

  1. Catherine Onyemelukwe November 25, 2014 at 7:27 pm #

    Where’s the video? I looked on Louisiana but couldn’t identify the one you described. Thanks.

  2. Ainehi Edoro November 25, 2014 at 7:37 pm #

    Hi Catherine. The video is in the post. Are you having trouble seeing it?

  3. Nginyo January 2, 2015 at 9:59 am #

    As Africans we don’t seem to cherish our African languages. I don’t see how English, French or Portuguese can truly express my personality and worldview. If Chimamanda will not write something profound in Igbo then who will?

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