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3 Absolutely Heartwarming Things Chimamanda Adichie Said About Motherhood

3 Absolutely Heartwarming Things Chimamanda Adichie Said About Motherhood

Multiple award-winning Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, who recently joined the new mummies’ club after welcoming a baby girl with her medical doctor husband, Ivara Esege, took us all by surprise with her baby news as she kept her pregnancy away from the spotlight.

Chimamanda & Husband
Chimamanda & Husband

On why she did, the quite outspoken feminist told Financial Times, “I just feel like we live in an age when women are supposed to perform pregnancy. We don’t expect fathers to perform fatherhood. I went into hiding. I wanted it to be as personal as possible.” She added in a recent interview with UK’s Channel 4 News, “I wanted my pregnancy to be something I shared with the people I love, with the people who know me…It was a very deeply introspective time, thinking about (how) my life is going to change forever and the enormousness of bringing a baby into the world. It was a sacred time for me and I wanted to share it with the people I love.”

Pregnant Chimamanda Spotted at a Farafina Event in Lagos
Pregnant Chimamanda Spotted at a Farafina Event in Lagos

The 38-year-old mum, who declined revealing her baby’s name and may not unveil her face anytime soon, is clearly ecstastic about her new status. Who wouldn’t? Find 3 heartwarming things she recently spilled about becoming a mum…

  • Speaking at the Royal Festival Hall on Sunday, August 7th, the new mum gushed,

“I still look at (my daughter) in absolute wonder and I think ‘You’re really here and you’re really mine. She really is the most beautiful human being in the world.” Aww…

  • In a web chat with the Guardian UK, the new mum also revealed what she finds most exciting and terrifying about motherhood.

    On what’s most exciting, she shared, “a new and unique kind of love has come into my life, glorious and joyful and encompassing and full of discovery.” She added that the most terrifying part is “the anxiety-filled desire to protect her from everything and the terror-filled sense that I cannot.”

  • The doting mum also spilled at the Royal Festival Hall last Sunday that becoming a mum has made her a lot more concerned about certain happenings and issues around the world. She said,

“I care about equality and justice and peace in the world, but now I really want it. I want my child to live a world that is better than the world I lived in. I think that’s why thinking about what’s happening in the U.S. and Nigeria terrifies me.

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When writing a character, you are that character’s god, but you are not your child’s god. So I get to determine the destiny, to a certain extent, of my character, and I can’t do that for my child. I think that’s both the magic and terror of being a parent.”

We can’t wait to catch a glimpse of her little princess! Although, it appears unlike typical celebrity fashion, Chimamanda won’t be sharing photos on social media or wherever else, both now and in the future. Hinting she would prefer her daughter to lead a private life away from her shadows, the renowned writer told UK’s Channel 4 News,

“I don’t want her to think it is normal to have her picture in newspapers, because it is not. Just because your mother happens to write and sometimes have her pictures in the newspapers, doesn’t mean you get to.”

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