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‘I’m The First Woman Chieftain In My Town Abba’ – Chimamanda Adichie

Being the first woman in her village to get a chieftaincy title, according to multi-award-winning Nigerian author Chimamanda Adichie, will serve as an example for other young girls and women to aspire to.

The well-known author encouraged culture guardians to make sure that men and women are given equal honor.

Adichie, who is from Abba in Anambra State, was given the title of “Odeluwa Abba” over the weekend by Igwe L.N. Ezeh, the traditional head of Abba, which roughly translates to “The one who writes for the world.”

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The 45-year-old novelist and public speaker thanks everyone who helped her during the chieftaincy ceremony and hopes that her appointment would help other talented women in their chosen fields gain recognition.


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.)

“I am the first woman in my hometown to be made a chief, and it makes me happy to know that more women will follow. Culture does not make people, people make culture. Cultures thrive when they best serve and reflect the people. Ours must become a culture that celebrates achievement, whether it comes from a man or a woman.”

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The Purple Hibiscus writer continued, “It was a day filled with joyful moments but the highlight for me was the sight of many children on the dusty road, laughing and waving and shouting ‘Odeluwa!’ Amongst them, I hope, were little girls with their hearts full of dreams who feel encouraged to keep trying, to keep going.”

Adichie received a chieftaincy title on December 30, 2022, from Igwe Leonard Ezeh, the ruler of Abba, where she was born and raised in Anambra State.

Adichie was given the honorary title of “Odeluwa,” which is akin to her father James Nwoye Adichie’s title of “Odelora” and means “the one who writes for the world” (the one who writes for the community).

The occasion was the 80th birthday celebration for Igwe Ezeh, the king of Abba, as well as the 45th Ofala Festival.


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Among other dignitaries, Charles Soludo, the governor of Anambra State, attended the occasion.



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