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Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is on Beyoncé’s Flawless song

Posted by Refilwe Dlamini


Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche-Beyonce-Flawless


I know that Chanda is a HUGE fan of the highly respected Nigerian Writer & Author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and she could write articles upon articles about how much she loves her.

If I could describe Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in one word, it would be poise. I see her and hear her talk and want to say like Andre 3000 “Behold…. a lady”.

She’s the girl you invite to your company’s end of year party so you can show off that she’s your best friend knowing full well your co-worker’s so-called best friends couldn’t hold a candle to her.

At the end of year party, you’ll  make sure you stick to her 500% of the evening because you don’t want those co-workers getting too familiar and acting crazy & thinking just because you introduced them, they also have sooooo much in common with her now & she’s their best friend too.


Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche

Photo:Ian Williams (National Post)

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian Writer & Author born on September 15th, 1977.

She grew up in the same house Chinua Achebe, the God Father of African literature, once lived.

She has published 5 books; Purple Hibiscus (2003), Half of a Yellow Sun (2006), The thing around your neck (2009), One World: A Global Anthology of Short Stories (2009) and the latest one Americanah which was released in 2013.

She has won several awards including the MacArthur Fellowship, The Orange Broadband Prize, The Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction, The Beyond Margins Award and The Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.


**Flawless –  Beyoncé featuring Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Well, I’m sure the whole world has now realised that Beyoncé released her entire album last night including videos for each and every song on the album.

If you had trouble getting it, it’s because itunes CRASHED due to the unprecedented pressure of the whole world trying to get their hands on it.

Balance is supposed to have been restored so you can try to get it.

The album can be purchased on itunes in its entirety for $15.99.


Here is the track list to “Beyoncé“:

1. Pretty Hurts
2. Haunted
3. Drunk In Love (feat. Jay Z)
4. Blow
5. No Angel
6. Partition
7. Jealous
8. Rocket
9. Mine (feat. Drake)
10. XO
11. **Flawless (feat. Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche)
12. Superpower (feat. Frank Ocean)
13. Heaven
14. Blue (feat. Blue Ivy)


On the song **Flawless, Beyoncé features Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and it takes an excerpt of her famous TED talks video “We should all be Feminists”.


**Flawless starts off with that heavy Houston sound with Queen Bey brandishing her alter-ego Sasha Fierce speaking to the haters and telling them that just because she’s married now doesn’t mean she’s not going to take care of her business and most importantly to all the haters, “Bow Down Bitches!”.


The lyrics & tempo on the second verse then switches up the style with Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie being the Yang to Sasha Fierce’s Ying and spewing some knowledge saying:



We teach girls to shrink themselves


to make themselves smaller


we say to girls


you can have ambition


but not too much


you should aim to be successful


but not too successful 


otherwise you will threaten the man


Because i am female


i am expected to aspire to marriage


i am expected to make my life choices always keeping in mind that marriage is the most important now


marriage can be a source of joy and love and mutual support


but why do we teach to aspire to marriage and we don’t teach boys the same?



Watch the TED Talks Video from which the spoken word lyrics are derived from.


Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – “We Should All Be Feminists” TED Talks Video



Video Preview of **Flawless



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  • OMGGGG Fifi!! Thank you for this!! LOVE! LOVE! LOVE!!

  • No way!!!! She’s on beyonce’s album! That’s amazing! This lady is an inspiration.. End of.

  • An African woman to be PROUD of…I want to be like her in my next life!

  • Great to see that somebody is speaking the truth about the Gender disparities that still pervade our lives!

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