“I don’t represent Nigeria” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie reveals she wants US citizenship at some point
Phenomenal Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie recently disclosed in a talk time with The Africa Report her reason for wanting a US citizenship.
“For a long time I didn’t want to become a US citizen because I believed that part of the experience of being Nigerian is experiencing the humiliations of travelling on a Nigerian passport,” she said.
The “Half of a yellow sun” author said that her change of heart came after her father’s kidnapping case.
“I changed my mind about US citizenship after my father was kidnapped in 2015 and it was the American embassy in Lagos and not the Nigerian government who helped my family, and even sent a therapist to my father after he was released. I now plan to become an American citizen at some point, but I guess I’m still delaying it,” she said.
The famous author also spoke about her identities and how she cherishes them.
“I am an ambassador for myself. I don’t represent Nigeria; there are things about Nigeria I don’t like, but at the same time I am very very proud of my Nigerian identity. I was born and raised in Nigeria, which I didn’t leave until I was 19. I’m proud to be Nigerian, I’m proud to be African, I’m proud to be Igbo. I would not be who I am today if I wasn’t all of those things. So, it’s very important to me,” she added.