Why I wear Nigerian designers – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie speaks
By Temitope Ojo
Nigerian novelist, writer and feminist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has been speaking on why she chose a writing career over despite studying Medicine and Pharmacy.
Speaking in an interview featured in I-D Magazine’s The Earthwise, the writer confirmed that fashion for her is a political statement.
According to her, writing gives meaning to her life. “It’s the thing that gives meaning to my life, really. I have the good fortune to be published widely, to be read, but if I didn’t have that good fortune, I would still be writing, because it matters so deeply”.
Speaking on why she chose to wear Nigerian designs, she said: “When I first started writing, I pretended not to like fashion, because I wanted to be taken seriously. I decided to use fashion as a kind of political statement. Which is to say that I made the choice to wear mostly Nigerian designers to public events, because obviously, I want to support an industry that’s full of talent, but also to make a case for how fashion can tell a story. Fashion and culture are intertwined in very interesting ways.”