18 Apr 2018
Chimamanda Adichie reveals her shocking sexual assualt at 17
Nigerian author, Chimamanda Adichie has revealed that she was molested at the age of 17.
The award winning author revealed this while speaking at the Stockholm Forum for Gender Equality.
She narrated how a ‘big man in the media’ slipped his hand under her clothes and then into her bra to squeeze her breasts when she was 17 years old’.
According to her, “I had written a book of poems and taken it to a big man in the media who I felt would support my quest to have it introduced to the public, but was dumbfounded when the man who had earlier praised me for writing the book did the unthinkable.
“He slipped his hand into my bra to squeeze my breasts. Then I was so shocked that I did nothing for seconds but then, I pushed his hand away, gently, nicely, because I didn’t want to offend him.
“Later that day, I broke out in a rash on my face, neck and chest, as though my body was recoiling, as though my body was saying what my lips had not said.”