Award-winning novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has advocated for a culture that celebrates men and women alike.
The mother of one was conferred with a chieftaincy title by her hometown last Friday. According to the writer, she is the first woman to be conferred a Chieftaincy title in her hometown, as she also urged custodians of culture to ensure both genders are equally celebrated.
Adichie, who hails from Abba in Anambra State, was honoured with the title of ‘Odeluwa Abba’. The Governor of Anambra State, Charles Soludo, amongst other dignitaries was present at the ceremony.
Appreciating those who supported her during the chieftaincy ceremony on Wednesday, Adichie said her title would open doors of recognition for other accomplished women in their chosen careers.
While sharing a video from her conferment ceremony on Instagram, Adichie wrote:
“I am so grateful to my people of Abba in Anambra State for their warmth and love, for their enthusiastic support. And to Igwe L.N. Ezeh, who has always valued education, for giving me the title of “Odeluwa” — ‘the one who writes for the world.’ (My father received the title of “Odelora” — ‘the one who writes for the community” and the symbolism means very much to me.)
“I am the first woman in my hometown to be made a chief, and it makes me happy to know that more women will follow. Culture does not make people, people make culture. Cultures thrive when they best serve and reflect the people. Ours must become a culture that celebrates achievement, whether it comes from a man or a woman.
“It was a day filled with joyful moments but the highlight for me was the sight of many children on the dusty road, laughing and waving and shouting ‘Odeluwa!’ Amongst them, I hope, were little girls with their hearts full of dreams who feel encouraged to keep trying, to keep going.”