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“I am the first woman in my hometown to be made a chief” – Chimamanda Adichie brags

It is definitely a proud moment for bestselling author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie as she hopes to be a gateway to greatness for other females in her community.

On  December 30th 2022, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was conferred a chieftaincy title by Igwe Leonard Nwankwo Ezeh, the monarch of her hometown Abba in Anambra State, Nigeria.

The conferment took place at the 45th Ofala Festival and 80th birthday celebration Igwe Ezeh, the king of Abba. Chimamanda received the title of “Odeluwa” (the one who writes for the world), similar to her father James Nwoye Adichie‘s title “Odelora” (the one who writes for the community).

Although reports had earlier made the rounds, Chimamanda officially shared a video of the moment she was adorned with the traditional red cap and hand fan with her name and title inscribed on it, likewise a token of knowledge to other females.

“I am the first woman in my hometown to be made a chief, and it makes me happy to know that more women will follow. Culture does not make people, people make culture,” she wrote.

“Cultures thrive when they best serve and reflect the people. Ours must become a culture that celebrates achievement, whether it comes from a man or a woman. It was a day filled with joyful moments but the highlight for me was the sight of many children on the dusty road, laughing and waving and shouting ‘Odeluwa’. Amongst them, I hope, were little girls with their hearts full of dreams who feel encouraged to keep trying, to keep going.”

Guests at the event included Labour Party presidential candidate and former Anambra governor Peter Obi; the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe; Executive Governor of Anambra state, Professor Charles Chukwuma Soludo; Executive Governor of Edo state, Godwin Obaseki, among others.

See official photos from the event below:

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