There's been a lot of talk about Feminism lately, as though it is a new concept. We can see it creeping into popular culture - in politics, art, music and fashion - and it has a lot to do with a powerful young writer from Africa.


Even if you still don’t recognise the name Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, you may have read one of her slogans or heard some of her ideas. Tshirts at Dior display her most famous quote "WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS" while Barack Obama and Beyoncé are fans of the novelist who is bringing women and women's rights again to the fore.

ナイジェリア出身の彼女は、タイムズ文芸付録 (Times Literary Supplement)では最も注目されている期待の新星である。数々の受賞作では、アディーチェは植民地主義の複雑性や、その歴史上での女性の役割を論じた結果、アフリカ文学に新たな読者の興味をもたらしている。

Hailing from Nigeria, this young writer of novels, short stories, and nonfiction was described in the Times Literary Supplement as "the most prominent" of a "procession of critically acclaimed young anglophone authors that is succeeding in attracting a new generation of readers to African literature". In her award winning novels, Adichie discusses the complexities of colonialism and women's part in this history that is often wiped out or forgotten. 


But what is so great, and important, about her words and popularity is that she is giving young women, particularly of colour, a voice. And her books are being read by young women, re-imagining a history that was forgotten or mis-told. "I think of myself as a storyteller, but I would not mind at all if someone were to think of me as a feminist writer... I'm very feminist in the way I look at the world, and that world view must somehow be part of my work."


In one of her popular TED talks Adichie even quotes Beyoncé's "Flawless" - how fabulous! - but it was probably her TED talk in 2012 titled: "We should all be feminists" that is her most famous. She shared her experiences of being an African feminist, and her views on gender construction and sexuality. Adichie said that the problem with gender is that it shapes who we are. She also said, "I am angry. Gender as it functions today is a grave injustice. We should all be angry. Anger has a long history of bringing about positive change, but in addition to being angry, I’m also hopeful because I believe deeply in the ability of human beings to make and remake themselves for the better."


Some of her books are available in Japanese on Amazon, and I highly recommend you joining in this powerful movement and learning how to make the most of who you were born to be.