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Chimamanda isn’t my birth name – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie made an appearance on the Blackbox interview hosted by Ebuka Obi-Uchendu, and it was a full one.

The globally renowned Nigerian novelist mad it known that she was born as Ngozi Grace Adichie, which she later on changed to Amada Ngozi Adichie, because growing up as a Catholic, one was required at a point their lives of adopted the name of a Catholic saint – She adds that even though Amanda isn’t the name of a saint, the Priests in her church back then gave her a pass because she was insistent bearing the name since she had come across it in a novel she was then reading.

Chimamanda went by the name Amanda for all of her basic to high school level education, even through to University in the United States. She reveals that it was whiles she was schooling the the US that it dawned on her that she did not want the name Amanda as she would much rather prefer an African name, precisely an Igbo name.

She went on to toy with different versions of her name until a few months to the release of her first novel in the United Kingdom when she had a sort of “Pentecostal moment.”

“I did not want Ngozi because it appeared to be too common, ven though it has a great meaning. I much rather preferred a name I coined myself so that it becomes unique,” she said

Ebuka who was clearly flabbergasted made his shock at the revelation known. ” I always wondered which cool Igbo parent in the 70’s would name their child Chimamanda, because it was practically non-existent,” he said.

“Even in recent times, I have come across not less than six girls who bear the name Chimamanda, this is remarkable,” Ebuka remarked.

Watch the part 1 of Chimamanda’s interview below;

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