Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie interviewed Hillary Clinton in the US at a literary event hours ago and she seemed to have been bothered by the former Democratic presidential candidate’s Twitter bio which had her identify herself as ‘Wife’.
In the words of Chimamanda: “In your Twitter account, 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 leads with, ‘Founder, Clinton Foundation and 42nd President of the United States’.)
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie just asked Hillary Clinton why her twitter bio lists “wife” first and Bill’s doesn’t say “husband.” Chimamanda said she was annoyed by it and Hillary said, when you put it that way, now I’m gonna change it! 😂 pic.twitter.com/UGVg6sP0RS
— Jenny Han (@jennyhan) April 23, 2018
Adichie wanted to know if it was Clinton’s choice to first identify in relation to her husband, and if so, why. “When you put it like that, I’m going to change it,” Clinton said, prompting roars from the crowd. But she did have a pretty good explanation for why “Wife” kicked off her bio, which is that women should be able to celebrate both their accomplishments and their relationships. She told a story about hearing 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,” Clinton recalled.
At the end of their banter, Clinton said Adichie has convinced her to update her Twitter. Adichie had a good substitution. “It could say, ‘Should have been a damn good president,’”
However Nigerian Twitter was not impressed as alot of the feedback flaked the author – see them (some were positive).
I think I now understand why Chimamanda is a little upset.
Imagine my disgust at John Legend’s bio. He reduced all his life achievements to “Chrissy’s husband” while her Bio has no indication of her being a wife.
He needs to change that Bio. pic.twitter.com/tcZP77XkyT
— Kelvin Odanz (@KelvinOdanz) April 23, 2018
President Buhari travelled to UK and disgraced us.
Chimamanda Adichie travelled to New York and disgraced us too.
And you people think it was not God’s plan for Police to arrest Dino Melaye at the airport, as he was about travelling out of Nigeria this morning?
— PRESIDENT OKONKWO (@IkechuQwu) April 23, 2018
Chimamanda Adichie tackled Hillary Clinton because of the WIFE on her twitter bio. She is taking her feminism to a different level.
I believe every woman should be able to choose what they want to celebrate personal or professional achievements.
Feminism shouldn’t be the basis.
— Iyá Lájè Of Lagos (@newscantell) April 23, 2018
Chimamanda asked a question, one feminist to another. The person she asked the question understood its complexities and the reason it’s a germane question. Yet, y’all are vexed. 😂😂😂😂
— T. Rankïn’ ∆ (@AfroVII) April 23, 2018
Why would you describe yourself as a ‘WIFE’ on your @Twitter Bio?- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie queries @HillaryClinton
Chimamanda is carrying her feminist police too far, I am with her on exposing the randy Nigerian media man but cant a FREE woman chose what how she describes self? pic.twitter.com/C8eqRmZSPh
— Kayode Ogundamisi (@ogundamisi) April 23, 2018