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‘We can solve our own problems.’ Chimamanda Adichie is against Nigeria receiving foreign assistance to #BringBackOurGirls

While speaking at the 2014 Hay Festival for Literature and Arts in Wales recently, award-winning Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Adichie expressed her reservations on the foreign assistance Nigeria is receiving on the missing Chibok school girls. Adichie said the foreign government should focus on solving their own problems and leave Nigeria to deal with theirs.

“Now we have American drones helping us in this forest and even the French have sent in people – shouldn’t they be fixing their own economy? We can solve our own damn problems. I’m sure that there are hunters in that area who know that forest very well. Why haven’t they been used? Why aren’t we depending on them? What we need is a better equipped military, a better trained military. We don’t need Americans to send people in,” she said.

She appreciated the efforts of Michelle Obama and all other international stars in spreading the word about the missing Chibok girls, an action she said made the Nigerian government sit up and act.

“It was very much a grassroots social media Nigerian campaign. The fact that westerners are sharing in something started locally is fine with me. I recognize that the campaign made a difference. People paid attention and then the (Nigerian) government had to sit up a little bit.”

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  1. I was just gonna gleefully skip along this post but something kept pulling and tugging at me to say something, anything!*RME*

    While I agree that other economies of the world have their own many issues confronting ’em, I mean, who doesn’t right?! I also know that no man’s an island and aint no shame in asking for external help from peeps who are better informed, trained and equipped in all things terrorism! Nigeria can solve its own problems she says. That woulda rang oh sooo true if the calibre of leaders we boast of in our country are patriotic, dedicated and have true compassion for the plight of the governed but they aren’t! The exact opposite of those qualities holds true! Please and please Chimamanda, this is no time for yeye patriotism or self denial, while those poor girls languish in the den of those skunks, living in constant fear and terror only best imagined. While their families suffer from depression amidst hopes that someday soon, they’d be reunited with their precious ones in one piece. Foolish pride’s uncalled for, we need ALL the help we can get; so long as all’s well that ends well and the girls are back home, that’s all that matters! And no, we CANNOT solve our own problems! I mean, see just how ‘well’ we’ve managed to solve ’em so far! Psst!

    • shakespeareanwalter

      Yemie, it will probably shock you to know that I actually do disagree with Chimamanda in this regard. Sifa and I were talking about this, and someone else too, he made a comment about how she didn’t mean this literally, and how she was in fact indicting the Nigerian government. Well, if you must indict them, do so in plain frank words. But even then, I don’t think that’s what she meant. I think she meant exactly this…that Nigeria should buckle up and deal with her problem herself. Good point, yes. But Nigeria CAN’T deal with this problem on her own. The number of bombings and murders these terrorists have been able to get away with is proof of that. whether its the Ugandan president mouthing off or Adichie taking an indignant (albeit slightly patronizing, in my opinion) stand, we NEED help. It’s an unsavoury fact. But it’s a fact nonetheless.

      • Touche! Plus, I’m not getting sarcasm in these rants! She REALLY wants the foreigners to back off! Maybe if her sister was amongst the abducted, I wonder if she’d feel the same way, waiting for a clueless government without an iota of a sense of urgency to deal with the nascent situation. Dunno what she’s playing at but its downright sickening!

  2. I am glad Wally has stepped down from Chimamanda’s soapbox today. *dances a jig*. She can be annoyngly patronizing but this does take the cake. No man is an island and aint no shame in asking for help. *just echoing Yemie’s sentiments which are mine too. See where solving our own damn problems kept us over the years; a civil war we have not recovered from and terror attacks. Need I say more?

  3. Mtcheeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeew… *sighs*

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