Now, one of my all time favorite authors is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
She’s my I-got-my-girls-from-high-school-to-read-a-book-by-her-for-our-book-club favorite author.
She’s my I’ve-already-decided-that-my-future-child’s-middle-name-will-be-Ngozi-as-a-nod-to-both-her-and-my-brother-and-dad (whose middle names are also Ngozi) favorite author.
She’s my you-better-watch-her-Ted-talks-while-you’re-already-searching-YouTube favorite author.
I read Half of a Yellow Sun while in Ireland. I randomly picked up the book at a bookstore while traveling and read the majority of it while sitting on my host family’s couch.
The novel is beautiful and the author even more so. I got the chance to meet her after a book talk. She was amazing, gracious, and kind. Her skin, her aura, was beautiful in a way that I truly believe can only come from radiating beauty, peace, and enough good vibes that will put Bob Marley to shame.
When I held out my book for her to sign her eyes widened.
“How did you get this edition?” she asked.
I didn’t even think about the cover being different from what was available in the US. It was simply a cover, a thick spine, a name that I was drawn to.
“I got it while traveling in Ireland.”
We talked for a minute, posed for a picture, and went on our merry ways.
If I ever become a celebrated writer/person I want to remain like her: humble and warm. Trust, some writers can be a bit stand-offish and, to be fair, I can be a bit groupy-ish. What can I say? Writers are my celebrities.
Thus, it saddened me last month to hear that the movie adaptation of a beautiful book is essentially being banned from Nigeria. Adichie is often considered Chinua Achebe’s literary heir. How can they ban Adichie??? But, they did.
I have to wait until I’m back in the States to see the movie. If you haven’t read the book, I highly recommend it.
Please feel free to post your thoughts in the comments section too. I’m really interested to hear people’s thoughts on censorship. Is censorship ever acceptable, especially when touching on subjects such as war and genocide like Adichie’s novel does?