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Tuesday, June 1, 2021

Chimamanda Adichie


In a flashback,  Chimamanda Adichie, an award-winning author of 'Half of a Yellow Sun,' recently said the Igbo people can’t unite towards selecting a Nigerian president — in what appears to be a dig at the “terrible leadership in the southeast”.

Months ago,  she bared her thoughts about the now-defunct secessionist state of Biafra in an interview with Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, a television personality.

The 43-year-old writer said she fears her people won’t be able to unite politically should it come to selecting an Igbo president.

According to her, the Igbo people need to rethink how they strategise politically before talking about secession.

“There is no Biafra. There are new movements but, for me, it’s a question of being practical. Where would the border be? What is propelling these movements is a sense of marginalisation, which I think is completely valid,” she said.

“But this idea that the answer 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 have in the southeast (scoffs).

“Igbo people cannot unite if, for example, we say we want an Igbo president. And then we’re talking about Biafra. There is a lot of political work we need to do in the southeast.

“We need to do a lot of rethinking on how we strategise politically before we can talk about Biafra.”

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