Book Review: We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Adichie Ngozi

Confession! I have really been battling with myself if I should go ahead and do a review of this book or not. Reason being, my last post was still based on the same author, Chimamanda Ngozi.

Forgive me if giving you back-to-back reviews based on the same person, gets on your nerves (arguments for another day) I couldn’t help it.

As I had mentioned earlier in my previous post, Chimamanda’s style of writing stole my heart. I love her I really do. I bet this substitutes for the fact I went after her book immediately after completing another. Before we delve into the review, allow to define feminism in my own words/understanding.

Feminism as I understand it and view it, is an act of standing up for rights of girls and women. Advocating for equal rights for females and treatment as their counterparts the males. 

Maybe am  wrong. I don’t know, but however you view it, that’s my take!

I settled for this book simply because I tend to count myself as a feminist. I have also been referred to as one before by friends when arguing and trying to get my point understood and respected.

I’ve always found it fascinating seeing women around me excelling, education wise, career wise and those who even go a step forward in representing us (women) in the government. It’s through this that fellow women find encouraged and challenged in improving their lives and being independent.

Review now shall we…, ride along

Chimamanda Adichie Ngozi

Title: We Should All Be Feminists

Author: Chimamanda Adichie Ngozi

Category: Non- Fiction 

Based on a TEDx talk she gave back in 2012, also named, ‘We Should All Be Feminists,’ Chimamanda discussed her experiences growing up as a girl child in her family and also in school.

She uses real life examples to bring out the need of addressing the harsh experiences women and girls encounter in the society because of their gender. Chimamanda points out how her counterpart male colleagues and friends are treated, in her presence, making it so easy for anyone who thinks that female segregation is a thing of the past think deeper and broadly. It’s through these experiences that she shares, which acts as eye opener to both the listeners (it’s a talk remember) and readers, on how the small issues faced from time to time and assumed, contributes in making Feminism a topic of discussion and need for addressing it altogether.

Though a small and brief read, the book has captured all there is to feminism and eloquently so. It gives insights on how feminism should also be looked at and taken into account. She challenges us, as society, in reclaiming the word feminist when she asks or rather suggests;

‘What if, in raising children, we focus on ability instead of gender? What if we focus on interest instead of gender?’ 

Chimamanda goes ahead to even give an opinion that equates in answering the questions she poses when she says,

‘ I would like to ask that we begin to dream about and plan for a different world. A fairer world. A world of happier women who are truer to themselves. And this is how to start: We must also raise our daughters differently. We must also raise our sons differently…’ 

I highly recommend this book to everyone regardless of age and gender. Lets join forces in making our society a better place. A happier and comfortable space for everyone. If you planned on reading just one book this year, please let that be this particular one. Alternatively watch the video and pay a close attention to it.

Take up the challenge now, will you?  Thank you for stopping by.




4 thoughts on “Book Review: We Should All Be Feminists by Chimamanda Adichie Ngozi”

  1. This book has been on my ‘to read’ list for a while, but I didn’t know it was based in a TED talk! Checking that out now 🙂 Thanks!


  2. I have read three books by Chimamanda but I have this on my TBR still.This and That Thing around your neck.Awesome review,I’ll now add it to my TBR.


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