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Saturday, 14 December 2013 21:14

Beyonce samples Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in ‘flawless’

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"The surprise album that Beyoncé dropped unexpectedly early Friday had, among its many guest stars, one that avid readers will recognize: Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie." -- Daily News NY


Hollywood superstar, Beyonce the American sensational singer has featured and sample Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in her latest music album.


Beyonce music album that came out yesterday without any fanfare or pre-release promotion featured Adichie in the track from the album video called “flawless.”


Ngozi Adichie is the author of many important novels including her latest acclaimed work, “Americanah," that explored race in America from a perspective of a Nigerian student in Ivy League college.


Adichie is also the author of "Half a Yellow Sun," a novel that focused on a love story that took place during the vexing Nigeria-Biafra civil war that millions of souls perished that Nigeria is still struggling to move away from the episodic event.

"We Should All Be Feminists," that featured in Beyonce’s "Flawless" was extracted from different segments of Adichie’s speech delivered in London at TEDxEuston, it goes:


We teach girls to shrink themselves

To make themselves smaller

We say to girls

"You can have ambition

But not too much

You should aim to be successful

But not too successful

Otherwise you will threaten the man"

Because I am female

I am expected to aspire to marriage

I am expected to make my life choices

Always keeping in mind that

Marriage is the most important

Now marriage can be a source of

Joy and love and mutual support

But why do we teach to aspire to marriage

And we don't teach boys the same?

We raise girls to each other as competitors

Not for jobs or for accomplishments

Which I think can be a good thing

But for the attention of men

We teach girls that they cannot be sexual beings

In the way that boys are

Feminist: the person who believes in the social

Political, and economic equality of the sexes


Both Beyonce and Ngozi Adichie will gain from the collaboration. It projects Beyonce as a serious person that appreciates higher intellectual reasoning with regards to feminist progressivism. As for Adichie her writings will become utilitarian crossover to audiences in pop and hip pop that would never been exposed to the intellectual and gallant writer.







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