11 thought-provoking quotes from Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Adichie

It feels that I haven’t had a chance to sit down and actually focus on anything blog related in a lifetime.

I’ve missed this feeling. And I only have my annoying iPhone to thank, there’s always a problem with it. Luckily I have my upgrade to look forward to next month, so I may move on to something else, but probably not as I’m a sucker for punishment.

Anyway, I digress. Last week I had the pleasure of visiting the Southbank Centre for their annual Women of the World Festival (check it out) where one of my all time favourite authors – Chimamanda Adichie – hosted a talk all about feminism.

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First of all, I have to thank Stylist magazine, as I had no idea that this festival even existed until it was printed in their magazine. As soon as I saw that the talented and sometimes controversial Chimamanda was talking there, I booked my tickets immediately as I’ve literally dreamt of having the chance to sit down and quiz her about her books, since I finished Half of a Yellow Sun, and although this was hardly a one on one, the chance to see her in real life was good enough for me lol.

Ever since reading a few of her books, I have been a die-hard fan of Chimamanda, I mean she’s even featured on Beyonce’s tune – if you haven’t heard of her, what have you been doing?!

Two weeks ago she released a short essay called; Dear Ijeawele or a feminist manifesto in fifteen suggestionscheck my insta – in response to a friend who asked her how to raise a feminist daughter, which she also discussed in depth on stage and let me tell you the whole experience was life!

I’ve never really liked labelling myself as a feminist, as I feel it has soooo many negative connotations, and in my opinion, you either agree with the equality between men and women or you don’t, but Chimamanda discussed many great points, during her talk and in her book, that after listening and reading I proudly say ‘I’m a feminist’.

She shares so many suggestions, some of which really did have me chuckle, so I thought   I’d share my favourite quotes with you, although I do recommend that you read for yourself as it’s such a quick, humorous and thought-provoking read:

  • Be a full person
  • Never apologise for working. You love what you do, and loving what you do can be a great gift.
  • ‘Because you’re a girl’ is never a reason for anything. Ever.
  • The knowledge of cooking does not come pre-installed in a vagina.
  • Being a feminist is like being pregnant. You either are or you are not.
  • Reject likeability.
  • We have a world full of women who are unable to exhale fully because they have for so long been conditioned to fold themselves into shapes to make themselves likeable.
  • Never treat marriage as an achievement.
  • Kindness matters… but teach her that her kindness should never be taken for granted.
  • To love is not only to give but to take.
  • If you criticise X in women but do not criticise X in men, then you do not have a problem with X, you have a problem with women

There are so many quick-fire quotes from this book, that I’ll always have in mind, especially in the fight of feminism. Have you pocketed any quotes from this book?

Do you label yourself a a feminist? Have you ever read any of Chimamanda’s other books, if so, which is your favourite?

 

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10 thoughts on “11 thought-provoking quotes from Dear Ijeawele by Chimamanda Adichie

  1. I can’t actually believe it but I’ve never heard of Chimamanda until this post! But I looove how feisty and edgy she is, sounds like my kinda woman. I think people are scared to call them selves feminists cause of stupid articles and media painting it in a bad light. I love everything she describes it as though.

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  2. I hope your iPhone problems are resolved soon, Rianne! I had such issues with my 5C towards the end of its life but my new iPhone SE is a million times better! I definitely identify as a feminist, and I’ve added this book to my TBR list as it sounds like a really inspirational read! Rejecting likeability is such important advice! Thanks for sharing!

    Abbey 🌸 http://www.abbeylouisarose.co.uk

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  3. ‘The knowledge of cooking does not come pre-installed in a vagina.’ I think this is my new favourite quote.
    I’ve never heard of Chimamanda before but I’m definitely going to go read more about her and try and read some of her books! I definitely label myself a feminist, even though that brings a lot of crap from people in the area where I live (people are very backwards in their views here)

    Lauren | Lauren the Daydreamer

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  4. Omg, I was there too! Chimamanda is so inspirational. Everything she says is gold. ‘The knowledge of cooking does not come pre-installed in a vagina.’ < I was cracking up at the quote! My best friend introduced me to Chimamanda and I am so glad she did. I am proud to call myself a feminist because of her; Half of The Yellow Sun is my favourite book of hers and I really enjoyed Americanah!

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