APOLLO, A Story By Chimamanda Adichie

150413_r26361-877This piece of fiction, penned by acclaimed writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, was originally published on The New Yorker. A friend of mine read it and passed me the link with a scoffing “The main character, that Okenwa person, as a kid – he was so gay.” So, I read it. But I quite disagreed with my friend. In my opinion, the choices Okenwa made as a child may or may not have been driven by an unrecognized homosexuality.

But hey, if you haven’t already read it, here it is. Read and let us know your thoughts.

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Twice a month, like a dutiful son, I visited my parents in Enugu, in their small over-furnished flat that grew dark in the afternoon. Retirement had changed them, shrunk them. They were in their late eighties, both small and mahogany-skinned, with a tendency to stoop. They seemed to look more and more alike, as though all the years together had made their features blend and bleed into one another. They even smelled alike—a menthol scent, from the green vial of Vicks VapoRub they passed to each other, carefully rubbing a little in their nostrils and on aching joints. When I arrived, I would find them either sitting out on the veranda overlooking the road or sunk into the living-room sofa, watching Animal Planet. They had a new, simple sense of wonder. They marveled at the wiliness of wolves, laughed at the cleverness of apes, and asked each other, “Ifukwa? Did you see that?” Continue reading

‘That One Person Out Of Ten Makes It Worth It.’ Chimamanda Adichie Defends Her Pro-Gay Stance

celebs 21Nigeria’s most critically acclaimed author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie penned her bestselling book, Americanah, and centered it on love, race and black hair. Over the past few months, she has been promoting the novel in Nigeria, America and the UK.

In an interview with The Rumpus, she spoke about the book . . . and the reason for that explosive piece she wrote in condemnation of the anti-gay law. You know, that one titled ‘Why Can’t He Be Like Everyone Else?’ In case you were under a rock during the uproar caused by this piece of hers, read it HERE.

Anyway, here’s an excerpt from her interview with The Rumpus, where she defends her pro-gay stance. I thoroughly love her remarks. I’m sure y’all will too.

On speaking out about Nigeria’s laws against homosexual: Continue reading