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Popular Nigerian multi-award-winning writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, has called on youths to give up social media for some weeks, and channel their efforts toward imbibing the culture of reading.
The novelist made this disclosure yesterday while speaking at the at the Harvard Centre Honors, Massachusetts, US, where she received W.E.B Du Bois Medal honour.
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, a month, and read, read, read.’
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She went further to add, ‘The most meaningful thing for me as a writer is to know that I can create something that means something to other people. And so what moves me the most is to hear from people who have read me and who say, your work made me feel seen, your work made me think differently, your work made me feel that I was not alone.
‘And I’m so grateful for this award because again it just makes me feel that what I’m doing matters and it’s a gift to feel what you’re doing matters.
‘For the young people who are here, if you care about anything, please care about reading, reading is so important, reading is magical, books are magical.’
Adichie has recently asserted that Nigerians do not have enough leaders to look up to in the country at the moment.
Adiche made this statement during her keynote address at the ongoing Annual General Meeting of the Nigerian Bar Association at the Eko Hotel on Monday.
The conference, themed ‘BOLD Transitions‘ is scheduled to hold between August 19 to 26, 2022.
Adiche, during her speech, said young citizens were finding it difficult to have heroes for mentorship.
She said, ‘We are starved of heroes. Our young people do not find people to look up to anymore.
The speaker said it was important for everyone to speak out against injustice and tyranny even if they were called troublemakers.