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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie pays tribute to Lagos in a new essay

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie pays tribute to Lagos in a new essay

Writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has a non fiction piece in a new Travel/ Adventure issue from Esquire magazine.

Her piece, ‘Still Becoming: At home in Lagos with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a treatrise on Lagos. The veteran novelist and writer analyzes the make of Lagos, its people, and its resistant nature.

In her signature simple and elegant style of writing, the piece comes away, shiny and informative; funny and confessional.

Below is the opening paragraph:

“Lagos will not court you. It is a city that is what it is. I have lived part-time in Lagos for 10 years and I complain about it each time I return from my home in the US — its allergy to order, its stultifying traffic, its power cuts. I like, though, that nothing about Lagos was crafted for the tourist, nothing done to appeal to the visitor. Tourism has its uses, but it can mangle a city, especially a developing city, and flatten it into a permanent shape of service: the city’s default becomes a simpering bow, and its people turn the greyest parts of themselves into colourful props. In this sense, Lagos has a certain authenticity because it is indifferent to ingratiating itself; it will treat your love with an embrace, and your hate with a shrug. What you see in Lagos is what Lagos truly is.”

Read the complete essay here

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