Igbos who grew up in Ladeparts try their hardest to dash away from their Igbo-ness – Chimamanda Adichie
Award winning Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has said Igbos in Lagos are ashamed to speak their language.
Chimamanda speaking recently with The New Yorker said Igbos who grew up in Lagos run away from their ‘Igbos -ness’ especially in public.
She said: “There is something I call, unkindly, Igbo shame. Igbos who grew up in Lagos try their hardest to run away from their Igbo-ness. If you meet them in public and say something in Igbo, they will not respond in Igbo. We lost the Biafran war and learned to be ashamed.”
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The writer added that in her family, she and her father are the ones who care most about the Igbo language. Her nieces and nephews hardly speak it.
She worries that within a generation or two the language will die out.
Nigerians on social media, particularly on Twitter, have reacted to her statement.
Read their reactions below: