Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Reveals Motherhood Prevented Her From Writing For a While

Nwaokolo Nneamaka
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Renowned Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has opened up about the challenges and revelations she faced during motherhood, admitting it temporarily hindered her writing.


In a candid interview with the BBC, the acclaimed novelist shared how the profound gift of motherhood came with its own set of sacrifices. Adichie acknowledged that the arrival of her daughter posed a hurdle to her creative output, potentially preventing the creation of two novels. However, she emphasized that the experience enriched her life and writing by introducing a new layer of awareness.

During the interview, Chimamanda delved into the physical and emotional aspects of pregnancy, revealing how the process made her feel lightheaded and impacted her ability to enter a focused writing period until recently. She candidly described grappling with uncomfortable sensations like achy joints and constipation.


While expressing her appreciation for the beauty of pregnancy, Adichie expressed a desire for more open conversations about the realities of the experience. She believes that greater awareness would provide women with a more comprehensive understanding of pregnancy, encompassing both its joys and the intense emotions that accompany it.

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