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Chimamanda Adichie Opens Up On Motherhood In BBC Interview

Chimamanda Adichie, a well-known Nigerian author, has opened up about being a mother and how it has changed her. In an interview with BBC Woman’s Hour, the Nigerian writer discussed her work. She talked about how becoming a mother impacted her creativity and how she could not write and complete two novels.

Chimamanda Adichie Opens Up On Motherhood In Bbc Interview, Yours Truly, News, April 22, 2024

Constipation, joint discomfort, and other issues that she was unprepared for as a mother are among the other things she speaks about being horrified of. Adichie discussed giving birth and how women who give birth are “reduced” to their “animal selves.” In addition, she made the point that women should be ready for these situations, not the least of which is the possibility that they may urinate while pushing out a baby. To make people aware that childbirth is not like the movies, where a mother is “wonderful” after simply pushing out a baby, she added that birth should be demystified and “the gritty reality” of it should be highlighted. She observed that many women are, in fact, “sinking in just awful depression” following childbirth.

She said,

“I wasn’t prepared for so much, I really wasn’t.”

“Becoming a mother is a glorious gift, but it comes at a cost, and I think it’s important to acknowledge that, right?

“There is something that we… and I will say ‘lose’.”

“I felt that I could probably have written two novels had I not had my child. But I think that having her also opened me up to this new, almost a new phase of experience and awareness that I’m hoping will feed my fiction.

“Even before I had her, when I was pregnant, I felt as though my brain had been wrapped in gauze. So, my brain didn’t work for a long time. And just more creatively, I think I am making my way back because I am working on a novel finally. But I just wasn’t able to get into my fictional space for a long time.”

Chimamanda Adichie Opens Up On Motherhood In Bbc Interview, Yours Truly, News, April 22, 2024

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