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It was a tiny moment, brief and fleeting, but Olanna noticed how scrupulously they avoided any contact, any touch of skin, as if they were united by a common knowledge so monumental that they were determined not to be united by anything else.
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We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller. We say to girls, you can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise, you would threaten the man. Because I am female, I am expected to aspire to marriage. I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important. Now marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support but why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage and we don't teach boys the same? We raise girls to see each other as competitors not for jobs or accomplishments, which I think can be a good thing, but for the attention of men. We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings in the way that boys are.

— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

It doesn't have to be dreads. You can wear an Afro, or braids like you used to. There's a lot you can do with natural hair

— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Academics are not intellectuals; they are not curious, they build their stolid tents of specialized knowledge and stay securely in them.

— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

One of the first things her friend Ginika told her was that "fat" in America was a bad word, heaving with moral judgment

— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

You must nod back when a black person nods at you in a heavily white area. It is called the black nod. It is a way for black people to say You are not alone, I am here too.

— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

He often paused before he spoke. She thought this exquisite; it was as though he had such regard for his listener that he wanted his words strung together in the best possible way.

— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

You were praised for humility by people because you did not make them feel any more lacking than they already did.

— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

It was like somebody sprinkling pepper on his wound: Thousands of Biafrans were dead, and this man wanted to know if there was anything new about one dead white man. Richard would write about this, the rule of Western journalism: One hundred dead black people equal one dead white person.

— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Now." After Ifemelu hung up, still amused, she decided to change the title of her blog to Raceteenth or Various Observations About American Blacks (Those Formerly Known as Negroes) by a Non-American Black. Job Vacancy in America-National Arbiter in Chief of "Who Is Racist" In America, racism exists but racists are all gone. Racists belong to the past. Racists are the thin-lipped mean white people in the movies about the civil rights era. Here's the thing: the manifestation of racism has changed but the language has not. So if you haven't

— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

There was a part of him (her) that dreamed, and he (she) was not sure if that part could ever retreat into an interminable silence.

— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Still, I was struck by this. Because I am female, I'm expected to aspire to marriage. I am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important. Marriage can be a good thing, a source of joy, love and mutual support. But why do we teach girls to aspire to marriage, yet we don't teach boys to do the same? I

— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

It was not a physical fatigue-he went to the gym regularly and felt better than he had in years-but a draining lassitude that numbed the margins of his mind. He got up and went out to the verandah; the sudden hot air, the roar of his neighbor's generator, the smell of diesel exhaust fumes brought a lightness to his head. Frantic winged insects flitted around the electric bulb. He felt, looking out at the muggy darkness farther away, as if he could float, and all he needed to do was to let himself go.

— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Okay, babe, okay, I didn't mean for it to be such a big deal, he said.

— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Non-fiction, and in particular the literary memoir, the stylised recollection of personal experience, is often as much about character and story and emotion as fiction is.

— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Successful fiction does not need to be validated by 'real life'; I cringe whenever a writer is asked how much of a novel is 'real'.

— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I can write with authority only about what I know well, which means that I end up using surface details of my own life in my fiction.

— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

My grandfather died in the war, my family went through the war, and it affected my parents in really profound ways. I've always wanted to write about that period - in some ways to digest it for myself, something that defined me but that I didn't go through.

— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I think human beings exist in a social world. I write realistic fiction, and so it isn't that surprising that the social realities of their existence would be part of the story.

— Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

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