It’s very depressing, because I’ve come to deeply, deeply admire African American history and African American people. Their story is the one I most admire, the one I’m most moved by. But then, there are different ways of being black, there are different blacks. I’ve come to very happily identify as black, and I like to joke about wanting to go back and find that man who called me sister, because I would hug him. But my experience is different. My experience of blackness is different from African Americans, and for me it’s still a learning process, because there are things that I can’t inhabit. Now I know racial subtleties, now I get it. But I don’t have the history, and it’s different. "
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, interview with Boston Review
what a lovely interview. she also talks about Ama Ata Aidoo, her father, James Baldwin’s description of his father, the best african fiction that arrives in her inbox. but the best part of the interview i cannot even mention, it is so good and i will spoil it by mentioning it. everyone just go read it.(via rekognitionoisuled)