Prominent Nigerian author and writer, Chimamanda Adichie has hit out at Igbos saying they need to get their acts together before demanding for Biafra.
Adichie in a recent interview with media personality, Ebuka Obi-Uchendu submitted that Igbos, particularly the leaders of the region are yet to get the Nigerian presidency because they are unable to unite and fight for a common goal.
The 43-year-old added that more strategic planning needs to be done by the people of the region to articulate their demands and positions on both demands for the presidency and independent Biafra.
“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 marginalization, which I think is completely valid.
“We need to do a lot of rethinking on how we strategize politically before we can talk about Biafra.”
She also spoke about some fundamental things that need to be addressed about the Igbo culture in line with changing global practices.
In her words,
“There are things I quarrel with, in Igbo culture. It’s misogynistic, as are many cultures. That’s the problem. The world is misogynistic. At my father’s funeral, they showed where the widow, my mother, would sit.
“And they showed where the sons in the extended family (umunna) would sit. That’s where those coming would go to present whatever they bring. It’s the sons’. And that was the end. My father had three daughters. There was no place for them.
“There’s a woman who apparently is going to run for governor in Anambra state.
“I’m having a conversation with a group of people and what they’re saying is, ‘Can a woman rule Anambra?’ Do you need a dangling organ to rule a state? It’s hard enough for both male and female politicians.
“In my hometown, I seem to have this status of an ‘honorary man’ and that’s because of my achievements. People adapt when they see some benefits to it which means that it’s changeable. It’s engraved on the stones.”