Posted: January 27, 2014 in Uncategorized

When i first heard about Chimamanda i was impressed. i read reviews on her first two books before i decided to buy debut; Purple Hibiscus. I downloaded her pictures (Chimamanda) on my ipad and things like that. I just  liked her. And then I read the next book she wrote, I was surprised. I read Americanah and i was more disappointed than the first two times. i liked Purple Hibiscus, the story, even the way she told it. the protagonist had an imagination almost exact as mine. It was a good story. but after half of a yellow sun, in hindsight, i began to see why i didn’t like a lot of things pertaining Purple Hibiscus.

Chimamanda and her other myopic embittered Igbo people will always amaze me. In all her books, the antagonists were always the northern military officers. Purple hibiscus, half of a yellow sun, Americanah, all three novels had nothing good to say about any military officer from the north. When it came to some of them, that feeling is mutual, I have nothing good to say about them, too. But this one, this Adichie, she apparently never heard anything good about even General Murtala Muhammed. In fact she even put words in her characters’ mouth unabashedly like thinking Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa  was complicit in the high level corruption that plagued the first republic. Imagine, TAFAWA BALEWA! That was when i knew that this woman is prejudiced and like almost all of them, it is either, she didn’t know anything about the great northern Nigerian leaders except what she might have heard growing up (this is the typical Nigerian), or she knew but simply chose to say derogatory things about them for her readers to think the way she thinks. And this reminds me, it seem to me she and Achebe were hell bent on indoctrinating the Igbo folks on how to see the northerners (particulaly muslims,  if Achebe’s final weak attempt at telling “his story” included)

All througH her novels, this cheap mindset had nothing positive about the most uncorrupted and most popular leaders Nigeria ever had, Sir Abubakar Tafawa Balewa,General Yakubu Gowon, General Murtala Muhammaed and General Muhammadu Buhari.  Like it or not, these four were the best. Unfortunately, and pathetically, in her books, Adichie apparently thought they were the worst, especially the Generals, villifying them at the slightest opportunity but refusing to label Ironsi’s and Nzeogwu’s mistakes exactly what they were. She conveniently refused to dwell on the bane to bad politics and unstable leadership in Nigeria – major Nzeogwu and the other four majors’  Jan ’66 coup which happened to be the first and bloodiest coup in Nigerian history.

Let’s take a look at what it was like but Chimanmanda so comfortably brushed aside. First, four out of those majors were Igbo, including Nzeogwu. Second, the successor of the brutally murdered prime minister (remember the PM was a northerner) was supposed to be the highest ranking military officer, then an Igbo man: Genral Aguiyi Ironsi. And what did Aguiyi Ironsi do? The majors were apprehended and that was all. That was as good as no action was taken about them. Five people killed a prime minister, the northern premier and the western premier, sparing their Igbo brethren and the Prime Minister’s successor (Ironsi, Igbo) only apprehended. You can imagine what happens next. The north revolted, killing Igbos. the west revolted killing igbos, and hence the beginning of the story of the Nigeria-Biafra war.

Certainly, Chimamanda and those who have mindsets like hers most surely must have felt at least once that Nzeogwu and Ojukwu were evil. Why wouldn’t they admit it? Why wont they even hint that, at least. Alas they seem to be focused on telling “their stories” (to what seem to me their fellow Igbo and foreigners) that they don’t give a hoot what other readers thought. What do they stand a chance of gaining by saying bad things about northern leaders.  For the writers, is what they gain more important than peace in the country?

What caused this blabber was the ‘disappointments’ i have been having recently. I admired Chinua Achebe, and he disappointed me and, for the life of me is till don’t know why I still find his Things Fall Apart the tastiest (when it came to reading) thing to eat. I liked Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, even thought I had a crush on one of her characters, Olanna, but she also disappointed me, greatly. Now I am waiting for Vincent Enyeama to say something generally derogatory about Northerners or Muslims and I will just conclude they are all like that. For now, I will keep hunting for a Super Eagles jersy with the name Enyeama on it for I have been his fan for long (not temporarily, I hope)…before he does his own typical Nigerian mindset stunt—if he has that kind of mindset.


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