By Gbedu Magazine on Oct 11, 2016
Nigerian literary icon, Chimamanda Adichie has distanced herself from the type of feminist ideology being preached by singer, Beyonce Knowles and the likes. She made the clarification during a recent interview.
Gbedu magazine reveals that the paper had asked her about Beyonce’s 2013 single, “Flawless,” where Beyoncé sampled a speech given by Chimamanda entitled “We Should All Be Feminists.”
She said: “I think Beyoncé lovely and I am convinced that she has nothing but the best intentions… 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. I felt such a resentment (laughs loudly). I thought: are books really that unimportant to you?
“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 also rejected the notion that Beyonce’s song made her popular, adding that she didn’t speak about it much because she did not want to give the impression of wanting to feed off Beyonce’s fame
“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 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,” Adichie said.
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