Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a novelist and author from Nigeria who has won awards, has urged young people all over the world to spend more time reading if they want to succeed in life.
According to Akahi News, Adichie disclosed this during her speech at The Harvard Centre Honors in Massachusetts, United States, where she received the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal on Thursday.
According to the author, who is 45 years old, “I was made to tell stories,” she fled Nigeria in order to avoid studying medicine as her parents wanted her to.
She then advised young people to adopt a reading culture after providing insight into how she was received by her family in the United States, which led to her remarkable literary career.
She stated, “To know that I can create something that means something to other people is the most meaningful thing for me as a writer.”As a result, hearing from people who have read my work and commented that it “made me feel seen,” “made me think differently,” or “made me feel that I was not alone” is what moves me the most.
“And I’m so thankful for this award because, once more, it gives me the sense that what I’m doing matters, which is a gift.
“If you care about anything, please care about reading, reading is so important, reading is magical, and books are magical, for the young people who are here.
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“And I really believe that reading is one of the best ways to combat what I believe to be a really ugly tsunami of book bans in this country.Reading books is the only way we can respond to book censorship.
Adichie said, “And so for you young people, I just want to make a very small suggestion, how about you give up social media for you know, two weeks, three weeks, or a month, and read, read, read.” This was in reference to embracing books over social media.
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