Book Review: Zikora by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

This is another fascinating short story by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

‘Zikora’ is a reflective and engaging story about a young woman (Zikora) who ponders on the current state of her life as she is about to have her baby on her own. Kwame her boyfriend has cut ties with her as she decided to keep the pregnancy which apparently wasn’t part of the equation. This phase of her life has allowed her to think deeply about her perspective on relationships, marriage, cultural values and beliefs especially as it relates to her relationship with her own mother.

I loved reading this story because of how relatable it was. After being married for so many years, I have begun to slowly understand certain decisions my own mother took which I had questioned in the past or several advice I was given as a newly wed by my mother-in-law which I thought were old fashioned but now I can say with hind sight, I fully understand. This is one of those stories which on the surface seems to be telling one tale but is really telling many stories within the story. Although, I was satisfied at the end, it still left me with a feeling for more. I hope that the author would expand on this story in the future but if not, I will still be alright. I would be thinking about this story years from now and I would definitely give my daughters to read.

I highly recommend.

Rating: 4 stars

Published: August 31st 2021 by Amazon Original Stories

Pages: 20

Genre: Short Story

The Author:

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria.

Her work has been translated into over thirty languages and has appeared in various publications, including The New YorkerGrantaThe O. Henry Prize Stories, the Financial Times, and Zoetrope. She is the author of the novels Purple Hibiscus, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award; Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the Orange Prize and was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist and a New York Times Notable Book; and Americanah, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was named one of The New York Times Top Ten Best Books of 2013. Ms. Adichie is also the author of the story collection The Thing Around Your Neck.

Ms. Adichie has been invited to speak around the world. Her 2009 TED Talk, The Danger of A Single Story, is now one of the most-viewed TED Talks of all time. Her 2012 talk We Should All Be Feminists has a started a worldwide conversation about feminism, and was published as a book in 2014.

Her most recent book, Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, was published in March 2017.

A recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, Ms. Adichie divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.

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