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As first woman chieftain, I’ll inspire others in my hometown’ – Chimamanda Adichie

Multi-award-winning Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Adichie says, becoming the first woman in her hometown to be conferred a chieftaincy title will be a source of inspiration for other young girls and women to follow suit.

The renowned writer also urged culture custodians to ensure men and women are honoured equally.

Adichie, who hails from Abba in Anambra State, over the weekend received the title of ‘Odeluwa Abba’  which loosely translates to ‘The one who writes for the world’ from the traditional ruler of Abba, Igwe L.N. Ezeh.

Appreciating those who supported her during the chieftaincy ceremony, The 45-year-old author and public speaker believes her title would open doors of recognition for other accomplished women in their chosen careers.

The celebrated writer, wrote in a Facebook post on Wednesday, “I am so grateful to my people of Abba in Anambra State for their warmth and love, for their enthusiastic support. And to Igwe L.N. Ezeh, who has always valued education, for giving me the title of “Odeluwa” — ‘the one who writes for the world.’ (My father received the title of “Odelora” — ‘the one who writes for the community” and the symbolism means very much to me.)

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