Chimamanda Adichie is not one for public display of pre-baby bumps or post-baby shinanigans as the celebrated author let it slip she had a baby and no one knew because she feels there’s a sudden trend where women are now ‘performing pregnancy’.
In a recent interview with Financial Times online (Lunch with FT interviewed), the famed author disclosed she was drinking ‘Chapman’ a mocktail because she was breastfeeding.
Adichie unknowingly said to the reporter, “This is just very sugary, very sweet. I would probably have a glass of wine, but I’m breastfeeding, I’m happy to announce.”
A known feminist through her novels, went on about the joys of motherhood while reaving her baby’s sex for the first time publicly – “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.”
Having let it slip she had just had a child, the very private Americanah author revealed she didn’t want to be a participant in the ever growing circle of public display of pregnancy.
“I have some friends who probably don’t know I was pregnant or that I had a baby. I just feel like we live in an age when women are supposed to perform pregnancy. We don’t expect fathers to perform fatherhood. I went into hiding. I wanted it to be as personal as possible.”
Chimamanda who is married to Dr. Ivara Esegee, refused to tell the reporter her baby’s name with a firm “No, I won’t say” when she was asked about what she had chosen to call her child.
About women ‘performing pregnancy’, Chimamanda isn’t alone in her thoughts as the upsurge of displaying baby bumps and post-baby blues is a trend that has been on the rise for a while now and from the look of things, will keep rising.
Read the full interview with David Pilling – Africa’s FT Editor on Financial Times here.