She is not just an acclaimed novelist, she also the queen of clapbacks!
A guest at France’s third Night of Ideas (Nuit des Idées), Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was asked by a French journalist if Nigerians read her work.
“They do shockingly,” Chimamanda responded.
The journalist took her question further by asking if there were bookshops in Nigeria.
The question came as a shock, even to the audience as they gave a loud gasp.
Defending the reason for her question, the journalist explained that, in France, not much is said about Nigeria but when people talk about Nigeria, it’s about Boko Haram, violence and security.
So, she wanted Chimamanda to say something different about Nigeria.
“I think it reflects very poorly on French people that you have to ask me that question,” Chimamanda responded to the cheers of her audience. “Because I think surely it’s 2018, you know, I mean c’mon. My books are read in Nigeria. They are studied in schools, actually not just Nigeria, across the continent of Africa.”
In a facebook post she further explained the exchange
On est en 2018, et une des plus grandes romancières au monde doit expliquer qu'il y a des librairies dans son pays. Restez jusqu'au bout pour voir la réponse brillante de Chimamanda Adichie : pic.twitter.com/C3o7CJXEc7
— Loopsider (@Loopsidernews) January 26, 2018