Sunday, June 18, 2017

Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Let me just say this you can never ever go wrong by reading Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie work. Now let me just say this Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions is a definite must-read for feminists. Chimamanda touches on the core of what it means to be a feminist, “Being a feminist is like being pregnant. You either are or you are not. You either believe in the full equality of men and women or you do not”.

The book was originally written as a letter to a close friend who has just given birth to a daughter. Chimamanda’s friend has asked her to describe how to raise the daughter to be a feminist in Nigeria, a male-centered country. Trying to raise a girl in a male-centered country, does not only apply to Nigeria. Here in the United States women, especially women of color often face adverse circumstances in the workplace, school, outside of the home and even at home. Chimamanda spells out how to raise a feminist daughter in fifteen steps. You do not need to be a new mother to read this book, what Chimamanda is saying applies to all of us.

Not only is the book wonderful, it is a fairly easy read. Plus, some of Chimamanda’s quotes are priceless Can I just say this book is going to be a modern-day classic?

Book reviewed by Raisa

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