“I’m sorry for men because they can’t have babies” says famous and highly celebrated Nigerian author, Chimamanda Adichie because they would never have the experience of giving birth.
According to Punch, She made this statement during an interview Vulture, online entertainment publication where she spoke about how motherhood has affected her career as a writer positively as it opened up “a new emotional plane”.
“My baby happened, and it’s important to talk honestly about this, because having her changed a lot.
“Having a child gets in the way of writing. It does. You can’t own your time the way you used to.
“But the other thing that motherhood does — and I kind feel sorry about for men is that they can’t have this open up of a new emotional plane that can feed their art.”
The celebrated writer also said she thought her dedication to her art would stand in the way of being a good mother.
“I said to myself, I have nephews and nieces who I adore, and I helped raise them, so those will be my children. That’s what I thought for a long time, because I felt that I couldn’t be true to both my art and my child”, she added.
However, she said, she changed her mind or rather time changed it for her.
“Getting older. I like to joke and say that you’re ready [to have a child when your body isn’t ready, and when your body is ready, you’re not mentally ready”. She said when asked what changed her mind.
“I guess you have the best eggs when you’re like 22; but at 22, you don’t even know yourself. Then when you’re 38 and know yourself, your eggs are not the best quality. Anyway, we’ll talk about eggs another time”, she stated
Chimamanda has been known to cause controversies with her viewpoints.