Nigerian author and feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie decided to keep her pregnancy a secret because basically, it's not anyone's business. And she's not here to "perform" pregnancy. Get the deets on her secret pregnancy journey and sound off about it inside…
In this social media-driven world, some moms-to-be (celebrities and non-celebs alike) feel obligated to “perform” pregnancy, keeping their “fans” up-to-date on every little milestone during their pregnancy journey.
But Nigerian author/feminist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie did the complete opposite. The “Americanah” author and her husband Ivara Esege got pregnant and she hardly told anyone about it, going into hiding so to speak. Even some of her friends had no idea she was pregnant or had a baby!
“I have some friends who probably don’t know I was pregnant or that I had a baby,” said Chimamanda. “I just feel like we live in an age when women are supposed to perform pregnancy. We don’t expect fathers to perform fatherhood.”
The feminist poet, who wrote and recited the poem in Beyonce's "Flawless" track, casually revealed she was a new mom during lunch with a London's Financial Times journalist after ordering a popular Nigerian mocktail (non-alcoholic beverage). After letting the cat out the bag, she gushed about the joys of motherhood.
“This is just very sugary, very sweet. I would probably have a glass of wine, but I’m breastfeeding, I’m happy to announce. This is the first time I’m saying it publicly. I have a lovely little girl so I feel like I haven’t slept … but it’s also just really lovely and strange”
Aww! Congrats to her and her husband.
With so much social media scrutiny from opinionated “onlookers,” we’re not mad that she decided to keep something private that's so precious. With the way celebrities “perform” their pregnancy journeys, one might feel obligated to share with the world what’s going on with them.
Chimamanda seems to have made a wise decision to keep her personal life private until she was ready to share with the world.