Chimamanda Adichie, a well-known author, recently announced that she is the first woman to receive a Chieftaincy title in her community. She also asked cultural keepers to make sure that both genders are fairly honoured.
Last Friday, her hometown bestowed a chieftaincy title upon the honorable novelist.
Adichie, who is from the Anambra State town of Abba, was given the honorific title of “Odeluwa Abba.” Among other dignitaries, Charles Soludo, the governor of Anambra State, attended the occasion.
Adichie expressed gratitude to those who had stood by her during the chieftaincy ceremony on Wednesday and expressed hope that other talented women in their chosen fields would benefit from her position.
“I am extremely appreciative of my Abba community in Anambra State’s warmth, affection, and enthusiastic support. And to Igwe L.N. Ezeh for bestowing upon me the title of “Odeluwa” — “the one who writes for the world” — since he has always cherished education. The significance of my father’s title of “Odelora”—”the one who writes for the community”—means a lot to me.
“I am the first woman to be appointed chief in my hometown, and I am pleased to know that more women will follow. People make culture; it does not make people. When cultures reflect and serve the people well, they flourish. Whether it comes from a man or a woman, success must be celebrated in our culture.
“It was a day full of happy moments, but the best part for me was seeing so many kids laughing, waving, and chanting ‘Odeluwa!’ on the sandy road. In an Instagram post, she expressed her hope that some of them were young girls who had big aspirations and felt inspired to keep trying and moving forward.