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“Nuanced and rousing.” —Vogue 
“Adichie is so smart about so many things.” —San Francisco Chronicle

"An enchanting plea by the award-winning Nigerian novelist to channel anger about gender inequality into positive change." —KIRKUS

"A call to action, for all people in the world, to undo the gender hierarchy." —Medium --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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 This is a modified version of a talk I delivered in December 2012 at TEDxEuston, a yearly conference focused on Africa. Speakers from diverse fields deliver concise talks aimed at challenging and inspiring Africans and friends of Africa. I had spoken at a different TED conference a few years before, giving a talk titled ‘The Danger of the Single Story’ about how stereotypes limit and shape our thinking, especially about Africa. It seems to me that the word feminist, and the idea of feminism itself, is also limited by stereotypes. When my brother Chuks and best friend Ike, both co-organizers of the TEDxEuston conference, insisted that I speak, I could not say no. I decided to speak about feminism because it is something I feel strongly about. I suspected that it might not be a very popular subject, but I hoped to start a necessary conversation. And so that evening as I stood onstage, I felt as though I was in the presence of family – a kind and attentive audience, but one that might resist the subject of my talk. At the end, their standing ovation gave me hope.



Okoloma was one of my greatest childhood friends. He lived on my street and looked after me like a big brother: if I liked a boy, I would ask Okoloma’s opinion. Okoloma was funny and intelligent and wore cowboy boots that were pointy at the tips. In December 2005, in a plane crash in southern Nigeria, Okoloma died. It is still hard for me to put into words how I felt. Okoloma was a person I could argue with, laugh with and truly talk to. He was also the first person to call me a feminist.

I was about fourteen. We were in his house, arguing, both of us bristling with half- baked knowledge from the books we had read. I don’t remember what this particular argument was about. But I remember that as I argued and argued, Okoloma looked at me and said, ‘You know, you’re a feminist.’

It was not a compliment. I could tell from his tone – the same tone with which a person would say, ‘You’re a supporter of terrorism.’

I did not know exactly what this word feminist meant. And I did not want Okoloma to know that I didn’t know. So I brushed it aside and continued to argue. The first thing I planned to do when I got home was look up the word in the dictionary.

Now fast-forward to some years later. In 2003, I wrote a novel called Purple Hibiscus, about a man who, among other things, beats his wife, and whose story doesn’t end too well. While I was promoting the novel in Nigeria, a journalist, a nice, well-meaning man, told me he wanted to advise me. (Nigerians, as you might know, are very quick to give unsolicited advice.)

He told me that people were saying my novel was feminist, and his advice to me – he was shaking his head sadly as he spoke – was that I should never call myself a feminist, since feminists are women who are unhappy because they cannot find husbands.

So I decided to call myself a Happy Feminist. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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  • Publisher : Fourth Estate (9 October 2014)
  • Language : English
  • File size : 491 KB
  • Text-to-Speech : Enabled
  • Screen Reader : Supported
  • Enhanced typesetting : Enabled
  • X-Ray : Enabled
  • Word Wise : Enabled
  • Print length : 65 pages
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Reviewed in India on 22 April 2019
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5.0 out of 5 stars A powerful take on feminism!
By Khyati Gautam on 22 April 2019
Feminism is a burning topic across all the geographies. The intellectuals – men and women alike – are found brainstorming and debating on this critical subject. All of them have their own perspectives which they imbibed in themselves as their experiences got internalized. That’s how they came to form opinions and grow in a culture. But does this culture stands fine today? Does our definition of feminism stand in the right place?

"A feminist is a person who believes in the economic, political and social equality of the sexes."

Such a wonderful and apt definition put forth by Chimamanda. It struck me right at the place where it should have. And reading it made me realize that the main problem with us is that we live in our illusional worlds with absolutely dismal misinterpretations of this word ‘feminist.’ Through her personal and brazen account, the author attempts to bring us to a table and initiate a conversation. Through this book, she delves in our system and culture as she goes on to articulate her experiences and observations.

With the use of subtle language and impeccable finesse, she drives home the point of equality of sexes. She advocates the voice of women to be heard and the need to give it a room. She raises her issue with the growing intellectual society’s archaic views and bashes them with her pointed arguments.

This book is a powerful work on an important subject where we should note that men and women are humans and we should all be proud feminists!
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5.0 out of 5 stars An essay length book with MUCH TO SAY!
By Virain Garg on 20 February 2019
"We teach girls shame. “Close your legs. Cover yourself.” We make them feel as though being born female they’re already guilty of something. And so, girls grow up to be women who cannot say they have desire. They grow up to be women who silence themselves. They grow up to be women who cannot say what they truly think. And they grow up — and this is the worst thing we do to girls — they grow up to be women who have turned pretense into an art form. - @chimamanda_adichie "
🌿I wasn't in the mood to pick it up as I usually don't read the book which create buzz, but thanks to @bookfanatic96 for forcing me like nothing and for pissing me off. This small fierce book has so much to say.
🌿Actually! It is a book-length essay adapted from author's TEDx talk. According to me, @michelleobama is the "Woman of the century "but @chimamanda_adichie took a different place in my heart.
🌿This woman has such clear opinions and possess a perfect blend of delivering it. Ultimately! This admirer watch out every interview, video, Talk show of her. Hell, she inspired me like nothing.
🌿After finishing it, I'm hell sure that I'm gonna read each and every work of her in few months.
🌟 Rating - 5/5
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5.0 out of 5 stars Adichie has a brilliant way with words
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