In a recent interview with Sun News, a journalist referred to Chimamanda Adichie as “MRS. Chimamanda Adichie” and it pretty much set Chimamanda off.
Before we start, please, I just want to say that my name is Chimamanda Adichie. That’s how I want it; that’s how I’m ad-dressed, and it is not Mrs but Miss. [sic], Ms: that’s how I want it.
Sometimes you get the feeling that Chimamanda is that girl that always wrote names of noisemakers in class. You just want to shake the shit out of her and tell her to chill out. I think the problem here starts with the transcription of this interview. Whoever transcribed the interview doesn’t appear to understand that female titles aren’t exactly a binary. This falls in line with typical Nigerian thought with regards to women: you’re either married or single.
You started by telling me that you’re not “Mrs.”…
(cuts in) My name is Chimamada Adichie. If you want to put label for me, put Ms.
All this could have ended right there because Ms. =/= Miss.
There is a void in the English language which, with some diffidence, we undertake to fill. Every one has been put in an embarrassing position by ignorance of the status of some woman. To call a maiden Mrs is only a shade worse than to insult a matron with the inferior title Miss. Yet it is not always easy to know the facts…
Now, clearly, what is needed is a more comprehensive term which does homage to the sex without expressing any views as to their domestic situation, and what could be simpler or more logical than the retention of what the two doubtful terms have in common. The abbreviation “Ms” is simple, it is easy to write, and the person concerned can translate it properly according to circumstances. For oral use it might be rendered as “Mizz,” which would be a close parallel to the practice long universal in many bucolic regions, where a slurred Mis’ does duty for Miss and Mrs alike.
Is it a petty thing to pick out? Maybe. Sure, she’s married and I guess you may have a point with the whole “Mrs” angle but we don’t know her as “Mrs. Esega”. We know her as “Chimamanda Adichie”. I didn’t even know she was married until this thing came out.
It seems that there are people who attended the church service, and they wrote about it, addressing me as Mrs. Chimamanda (Esega). I didn’t like that at all. So my name is Chimamanda Adichie, full stop!
Since when did it become a crime to want to be recognized by the pen name that made you famous? That’s not Chimamanda’s fault. Just because she’s married doesn’t give you the right to toss her brand down the toilet. She might be Mrs. Esega, but that’s not what we know her as. We know her as the award winning writer and not the caring wife.
Seriously, just look at this
The author who loves being addressed as a feminist, insisted that her name is Miss Chimamanda Adichie, not Mrs Chimamanda Esega – her husband’s surname.
LOOK AT THAT ATTEMPT AT SHADE!
“…loves being addressed as a feminist”?
What the fuck does that mean?
How does even that work?
HOW DARE CHIMAMANDA? WHO DOES SHE THINK SHE IS?
It’s pretty simple. Let’s go over this again,
- She is known as Chimamanda Adichie
- “Chimamanda Adichie” is her brand
- She got married to a Mr. Esega
- Sure, she is married but that’s not your business
- If you must use a title with “Chimamanda Adichie”, use “Ms”
- Ms =/= Miss
Are we on the same page now?
I dey tell you “@realsomti: Her Head don Big naaaa”DelphianNubian: Chimamanda Adichie talks too much nowadays!””
— Mayowa Oladeji (@DelphianNubian) March 4, 2014
Chimamanda is becoming European or whatever.
— Ebuka Nwosu (@Phardiga) March 4, 2014
Ivara is a good man. You should see him walk behind Chimamanda humbly at events, camera in hand ready to take shots of his famous wife.
— I’m a Carter (@_Ceefour) March 4, 2014
Chimamanda is just misyarning a lot nowadays..has she run out of book ideas?
— Play-a-maker Dante™ (@ThaSoulReaver_) March 4, 2014
Try not to justify Chimamanda please, you don’t have to be controversial, its ok to be sincere and upright. It doesn’t make you uncool
— L-boogie (@loladesue) March 4, 2014