Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie interview with Hillary Clinton at a PEN World Voices Festival at the Cooper Union in Manhattan on Sunday night, has gone viral on the internet for the obvious reasons on why she is upset about Mrs Clinton Twitter Bio starting with ‘wife’.
In her words, she asked: “In your Twitter the first word that describes you is ‘Wife.’ And then I think it’s ‘Mom,’ and then it’s ‘Grandmother,’” Adichie said. “And when I saw that, I have to confess that I felt just a little bit upset. And then I went and I looked at your husband’s Twitter account, and the first word was not ‘husband.’” (Bill Clinton’s Twitter bio starts with, ‘Founder, Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States,’ for interested parties.)
She wanted to know if it was Hillary’s primary choice to be first identified in relation to her husband, and if so, why.
“When you put it like that, I’m going to change it,” Hillary responded jokingly but explained that she chose “Wife” to start her bio, because women should be able to celebrate both their accomplishments and their relationships. She cited an example with the late Barbara Bush speak at Wellesley in the early 1990s. “She said, you know, at the end of the day, it won’t matter if you got a raise, it won’t matter if you wrote a great book, if you are not also someone who values relationships,” Hillary affirmed.
But few Nigerians are not taking that side of interview as they deem it an attack on the values of marriage and feminist propaganda.
Below are debates by two Nigerians we selected:
Dang Idongisite wrote:
“Chimamanda Adichie is an incredible writer and outspoken feminist who is recognized worldwide not as the daughter of a professor or the sister of someone, she is recognized by her personal achievements in life.
She is not in America because she is the daughter or wife of anybody, she is in America because her career and books are useful to the American people.
Since she is a high flying lady, she was invited to host the PEN World Voices Festival lecture at the Cooper Union in Manhattan with Clinton also getting an invitation.
Mrs Adichie was invited to help people because of her career and she asked a very important question that was not harsh at all as Clinton laughed and immediately accepted Adichie’s suggestion that her husband has his career on his bio while she had her relationship statuses despite having a great career, and I quote Clinton;
“When you put it like that, I’m going to change it,”
It took a great lecture host in Chimamanda Adichie to help Clinton inspire girls who want to be identified by their careers too. Her critical job criterion was to ask such questions.
If I was hiring people by their Twitter bio and I see Bill Clinton with all his achievements and Hillary’s with ‘mother, daughter, step daughter, grandmother, aunt etc’ I wouldn’t hire her and I wouldn’t hire any girl she inspires to have a similar bio because the world or at least high society wants to know what you have achieved not who you are married to or who you have given birth to.
Chimamanda was invited there to ask such questions because America is a nation that wants high flying women in the work place.
Chimamanda would probably never be there if her curriculum vitae had her relationships rather than her personal achievement.
Before you lynch her go and check Clinton’s bio and see how Chimamanda’s question has helped her life. She will not start her bio with ‘wife’ anymore.
Ngozi Adichie: 100
Senator Hillary Clinton: 100
They are both winners because feminism is a winning movement”.
“Thank you Mrs Wada! Thanks so much. You really said things I didn’t know how to put in words, and that’s saying something! God bless you for this submission 🤗
Regrann from @yemisiwada – There are some women like me 🙋🏾♀️ who are strong and accomplished but appreciate that we are different from men in many ways. Our thinking is different and our strengths and weaknesses differ too. I know men are more powerful physically and I believe in the cultural order of things that my husband is the owner of my head literally translated from Yoruba. Lately I’m feeling a bit bullied by those preaching feminism. There are many facets to the argument so to save time I’ll talk about this👆🏾. @chimamanda_adichie whom I admire cos of her eloquence and style of writing is one of them I feel bullied by. In this interview after stating how much she admired @hillaryclinton she was disappointed because her twitter bio had ‘wife, mother and grandmother before any thing else and her husband’s didn’t have ‘husband’!! To be politically correct I’m sure, Hillary said she’d change that. I totally disagree that she should.
I LOVE the fact that I’m a wife and a mother and grandmother. That drives me to be the best I can be. That is MY drive thus I’d own those before anything else I’ve achieved. MY CHOICE!! Clinton said relationships are important too and a woman should be able to celebrate her relationships as well as her achievements. I actually value my relationships MORE than my achievements hence would first be known as a mother before anything else I’ve ever achieved and I don’t need to be shamed for that. Some women have been deprived of jobs or things they enjoy doing all by this bullying. If you won’t do something then don’t but please stop 🛑Stop shaming it for those of us who love doing it on the platform of feminism. I’m a feminist in that I don’t feel there’s anything I can’t achieve cos I’m a woman. In fact life dealt me a blow that I had to prove that and Grace enabled me do it and it’s all beautiful. Yemisi Wada, Wife, Mother and Grand mother”.