Award-winning novelist, Chimamanda Adichie has disassociates herself from the reports that she said she was Biafran and not Nigerian.
According to her, the reports are ‘false and invented.’
Chimamanda, in an interview with BBC talked about the present struggles of Biafra while relating it to the civil war that happened in the past.
Chimamanda explained that her grandparents died in the war and her parents were fully involved in the fight for independence.
Despite that, Chimamanda said she has never felt that Nigeria is second to her compared to her tribe, Igbo.
However, some reports online claimed Chimamanda said she was ‘BIAFRAN and nothing else.’
They quoted her as saying, “Enough of this political correctness, anyone who tries to preach one Nigeria to me can kindly go to hell and never come back! I can never be proud of a country that is killing innocent people.”
Reacting to the stories, Chimamanda said,
This headline below, and other similar headlines, which appeared on some websites: are false. They are completely invented; along with some accompanying quotes which have been attributed to me. I did not say or write those words.
Her original discussion
If she’s encouraged to feel Nigeria first or her tribe, Igbo
I was Nigerian and Igbo. I think the idea of ethnicity and of an ethnic identity being somehow mutually exclusive with a national’s identity really doesn’t apply at least not in my life.
About many Igbo wanting no more of Nigeria
Yes, that was because there were political things that had happened. Because in Nigeria, ethnicity has for so long been politicised so that the political decisions that are taken are the target political ethnic groups. I was certainly not raised to think you’re igbo first before you’re Nigerian second, I was both at the same time.
And in many ways I think identity is something that shifts often, depending on where you are and it actually depends on what you’re doing. So, there are times when I’m more Igbo than anything else and there are times when I’m more Nigerian than anything else but I’ve never thought of both as competing identities because they are not for me.