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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Opens Up About Sexual Assault & Discusses the #MeToo Movement

The writer revealed her own experience, and spoke about challenging the culture of silence around sexual harassment.

Renowned Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, revealed that she was sexually assaulted at the age of 17 in Lagos by "a big man in the media," while trying to get support for the publication of her first book.

The writer spoke about the experience in detail during her keynote address at the Stockholm Forum for Gender Equality on earlier this week, revealing how her assaulter was friendly at first, praising her intelligence and complimenting her on having written a book at such a young age, before proceeding to take advantage of her:

He was pleasant, avuncular, warm, and then he got up from his desk and walked around to where I was seated and stood behind me, and in a move that was as swift as it was shocking he slipped his hand under my button down shirt, under my bra and squeezed my breast. I was so taken aback that I did nothing for seconds. Then I pushed his hand away but gently, nicely, because I didn't want to offend him."
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How to Prosper as a Nigerian Writer

We talked to two Nigerian novelists on how to survive and even thrive when you're a writer not named Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

It's not unusual for Nigerian novelists to hold university degrees unrelated to their passions. For bragging rights, the promise of financial stability and the relative ease of gaining employment, many middle class Nigerian parents push their offspring to become doctors, lawyers and engineers. And if those careers aren't possible, well, accountant, architect and economist will do. For the lucky few who studied writing, chances are they have older siblings already pursuing professional courses, are the last born and definitely not the only son, paying their own school fees, or chose to combine majors to placate their parents.

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