Nigerian author ,Chimamanda Adichie in a recent chat with UK Guardian revealed how being a feminist affects the sales of her book in Nigeria. She shared her experience with a young man who said: “I used to love you. I’ve read all your books. But since you started this whole feminism thing, and since you started to talk about this gay thing, I’m just not sure about you anymore. How do you intend to keep the love of people like me?”
The Purple Hibiscus author said feminism is not a marketing strategy she uses just to sell more books. In her words: “No. Sorry. Feminism is not that hot. I can tell you I would sell more books in Nigeria if I stopped and said I’m no longer a feminist. I would have a stronger following, I would make more money. So when people say, ‘Oh, feminism’s a marketing ploy’, it makes me laugh” she said.
Adichie left Nigeria for the United States to study communications and political science at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She was transferred to Eastern Connecticut State University to be near her sister, who had a medical practice in Coventry. She received a bachelor’s degree from Eastern, with the distinction of summa cum laude in 2001. Over the years Adichie has written books like Purple Hibiscus, Americanah and others.