Posted on June 17, 2021 at 12:00 PM by Sadye Scott-Hainchek
Two of Nigeria’s most prominent writers seem to have escalated their differences into a full-blown internet feud.
NPR has a comprehensive look into the disagreement between Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun) and Akwaeke Emezi (The Death of Vivek Oji and Dear Senthuran: A Black Spirit Memoir).
Over the past few years, the two have tangled over comments Adichie made about trans women.
Emezi, who identifies as nonbinary and uses the pronouns they/them, has been critical of Adichie’s views.
But, to complicate matters, Emezi was a participant in one of Adichie’s writing workshops.
And so that brings us to Tuesday’s escalation of the drama — that was the day upon which Adichie published a lengthy essay on her website, titled "It Is Obscene," that criticizes Emezi and another writer (neither is identified by name) over their behavior during and after this writing workshop.
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