Igbo cannot unite for the presidency, but they talk about Biafra – Chimamanda Adichi
Nigerian writer Chimamanda Adichi gave her two cents on Igbo and Biafra during an interview with Ebuka Obi-Uchendu.
The famous writer wondered how the Igbo could get to Biafra if they could not band together to elect the President of Nigeria, who hails from the region.
A 43-year-old man said Igbo people should rethink their political strategy before talking about secession.
She said: “There is no Biafra. There are new mechanisms, but for me it’s a matter of practicality. Where will the border be? What drives these movements is a sense of marginalization, which I think is perfectly true.
“But the idea that independence is the answer, I’m not sure. No one gave any logical reasoning in my favor. Quite frankly, I have watched the terrible leadership we have in the Southeast.
“Igbo people cannot join if, for example, we say we want an Igbo president. And then we talk about Biafra. We have a lot of political work to do in the South-East.
“Before we can talk about Biafra, we need to rethink a lot about how to develop a political strategy.”
He also spoke about misogyny in the Southeast and its influence on politics.
She said: “There are things that I struggle with in Igbo culture. He is a misogynist like many other cultures. That is the question. The world is a misogynist. At my father’s funeral, they showed me where my mother’s widow would sit.
“And they showed where the children from a large family (umunna) would sit. Those who bring it there come to give. They are children. And that was the end. My father had three daughters. There was no room for them.
“I raised the issue and the person in my mind said we should have been hanging around. There is a problem with that.
“There is a woman who is obviously going to run for governor of Anambra State.
“I talk to a group of people and they say, ‘Can a woman control Anambra? »Do you need a dangling body to run the state? It is quite difficult for both men and women politicians.
“But women have this additional perception problem, so a lot of people won’t vote for them.
“Igbo culture is not very good when it comes to gender. Culture as such is the rules set by men for their good.
“In my hometown, I feel like I have the status of an ‘honorable person’, and this is because of my achievements. People adapt when they see benefits, which means they are fluid. It is engraved on stones. “