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I Met Chimamanda!

Chimamanda Adichie & I.
Photo courtesy of Emmanuel Oyeleke Photography.


Yes yes! I met the great one. I was very excited. I think I have mentioned before that I love Chimamanda. Imagine my joy and excitement when I finally got to meet her yesterday at the book launch and reading of Eghosa Imasuen’s Fine Boys. And I just found out that she’s married! Has been married for 2 years, in fact! My last is heavy mennnn…

I also like Eghosa. I had engaged him online before now so I liked his online personality but I also like his person. I can’t wait to devour Fine Boys. I am still searching for his other book, To Saint Patrick. The only time I ever saw the book, I didn’t have enough money to buy it and now Eghosa says it’s out of print 😦

Eghosa Imasuen & I.

Did I mention that he has twin boys? Yes he does! I didn’t get to see his wife (or maybe I saw her but didn’t know) but I know she is beautiful. I know these things… Chimamanda gave them Igbo names by the way.

I met a few tweeps (twitter people). Beautifully amazing people, I tell ya!

Me, Ebere (@Maynezee) and Chioma (@AfricanCeleb)

Ebere gave me the most beautiful hug ever and Chioma smiled a smile that melted my insides… Hehehehehe.

I officially met Tolu Ogunlesi (@toluogunlesi) but I didn’t get to introduce myself to @femkevanzeijl and @victorsozaboy 😦 SomedayΒ soon sha.

But I had an amazing time. This was my first book reading and I am sure I have to attend more, much more.

I got an autographed copy of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s The Thing Around Your Neck.
I got an autographed copy of Eghosa Imasuen’s Fine Boys.

I think she was looking right at me! πŸ˜€

Yes, we were having a lovely discussion. Hehehe…
It’s obvious I was excited.


Chimamanda & Ijeoma


That’s me!
Photo courtesy of Emmanuel Oyeleke Photography.



Tolu Ogunlesi & I.
Photo courtesy of Emmanuel Oyeleke Photography.




I wish I could re-live the day again and again and again…

16 thoughts on “I Met Chimamanda!

  1. your excitement infected me too,lol, I can only imagine how you were feeling throughout,Chimamanda is a rare gem,her presence would inspire anyone.


  2. Awesommme! Sure u had a nice time.dint even know we had book readings too. I haven’t had the opportunity of reading her books but with her orange prize and all I guess its worth the search and find I should embark.#thumbs up#


  3. You met Chimamanda! Awwwww. I love her. I think I wanna marry her. Didn’t know she’s married either. Sweeeeet! Congrats to her. She’s so cool – never met her though.

    You’re positively blushing. I’m jealous. You don’t blush at my tweets this way. LOL.


  4. i read the book ‘purple hibiscus’ and was thrilled…..thought that was it till i read half the yellow sun……she is indeed a chip off the old block……i love her and her books inspires me and tells me that there’s a tomorrow for the igbo race and Nigeria as a whole!!!!


  5. Chimamanda…the oracle kwa? I read her “The Thing Around Your Neck” right off Amazon Kindle and as usual, she just keeps you wanting more. I’ve never read any books by Eghosa, care to review his book – Fine boys? Erhm, next time you come across Chim’, tell her I said “She sabi write” biko.


  6. Palpable is an understatement walahi. I kept grinning at the pictures. Chimamanda won’t forget you in a hurry. That’s for sure!
    And your smile/grin? Its refreshing+hearty!

    Good for you Ijeoma! I’m glad you had such a swell time πŸ˜€


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