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Igbo people still cannot unite for presidency, says Chimamanda Adichie

Well-known author with great prestige, Chimamanda Adichie, expressed her concern and concern about Biafra and wondered how Igbos could reach Biafra if they could not agree to elect a Nigerian president from the region.

The well-known author made this expression while giving her opinion on Biafra during her interview with Ebuka Obi-Uchendu.

The 43-year-old author said Igbo people need to reconsider how they strategize politically before talking about secession.

She said: ‘There is no Biafra. There are new moves, but for me it’s a matter of being practical. Where would the border be? What drives these movements is a sense of marginalization, which I think is completely valid.

‘But I’m not convinced by this idea that the answer is independence. No one made a logical case for me. Honestly, I observed the terrible leadership we have in the southeast.

‘Igbo people can not unite if, for example, we say we want an Igbo president. And then we talk about Biafra. There is a lot of political work we need to do in the southeast.

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“We have to think a lot about how we strategize politically before we can talk about Biafra.”

She also talked about misogyny in the Southeast and its impact on politics.

She said: ‘There are things I struggle with, in the Igbo culture. It is misogyny, just like many cultures. This is the problem. The world is misogynistic. At my father’s funeral, they showed me where the widow, my mother, was sitting.

‘And they showed where the boys would sit in the extended family (umunna). This is where those who come will go and offer whatever they bring. It’s the boys’. And that was the end. My father had three daughters. There was no place for them.

‘I raised the question and a man in my neighborhood said we would have to move around. There’s a problem with that.

“There is a woman who is apparently going to run for governor in the state of Anambra.

‘I have a conversation with a group of people and what they say:’ Can a woman rule Anambra? Do you need a hanging organ to govern a state? This is difficult enough for both male and female politicians.

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‘But women have this extra perception problem, a reason why many people do not vote for them.

‘Igbo culture is just not very good when it comes to gender. Culture as we have it is rules that men have made to benefit men.

“In my hometown I apparently have the status of ‘honorary man’ and that is because of my achievements. People adapt when they see benefits to it, which means it is variable. It is engraved on the stones. ”

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