Award-winning Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has expressed shock about news making the rounds. She strongly disagreed that it was Beyonce Knowles that gave her fame.
We all remember Beyoncé’s single ‘Flawless’, where she used a an excerpt from Mrs. Adichie's essay write up 'We
Should All Be Feminists’.
After that song dropped, the news trended on social media and a lot of other people who claimed not to have known the award winning writer before, got to know her through the song.
But the writer said she was shocked at how many requests for an interview she received when that song was released. She said the media outlets requetinf those interviews claim that the song threw her FURTHER into limelight.
In an interview with Dutch newspaper: de Volkskrant, Adichie said, “I think Beyoncé is lovely and I am convinced that she has nothing but the best intentions.
“In addition, Beyoncé is a celebrity of the first order and with this song she has reached many people who would otherwise probably never have heard the word feminism, let alone gone out and buy my essay, but 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 Beyoncé and how she gave me fame. I felt such resentment. I thought: are books really that unimportant to you?
“Another thing I hated was that I read everywhere: now people finally know her, thanks to Beyoncé, or: she must be very grateful. I found that disappointing.
“I thought: I am a writer, self made, and I have been for some time and I refuse to perform in this charade that is now apparently expected of me: ‘Thanks to Beyoncé, my life will never be the same again.’
“That’s why I didn’t speak about it much.
“Still, 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 added.
Speech excerpts from http://dailypost.ng/2016/10/10/im-self-made-beyonce-not-make-popular-chimamanda-adichie/
Well. I respect Chimamanda. She has done very well for herself and true, a lot of us knew her and her works long before Beyonce decided to use her essay in Flawless.
However, I also know that Beyonce has a wider reach than Mrs. Adichie. Her song did promote our award winning writer further.
There should be no beef here. Both are popular, but one is more popular. The one that is more popular loved what she read in the other's work and innocently decided to use it. Her action got other media houses and readers to look in the direction of the other. The result was more exposure. Both ladies should hug each other, share a toast and enjoy the fame. Let it end there.