Nigeria Award-winning writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie just broke her seven-year drought since releasing Americanah in 2013 as she dropped Zikora, a short interesting story.
Zikora By Chimamanda
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s most recent fiction, Zikora- A short story, explores the life of a Nigerian-American DC lawyer through Pregnancy, Childbirth, Motherhood, and Abandonment (by her lover).
Reading a new piece from Adichie felt like breathing fresh air after so many years. The 30-page e-book is an easy 30 minutes read for some people and a one to two-hour read for others.
But it took me 3 days to read it partly because I’m a slow but steady reader and partly because I wanted to hold on to and chew on this piece for as long as I can lest I devour it and get hungry for more.
I always look out for the names of Adichie’s characters- the most uncommon but thoughtful names I’ve ever heard. For Purple Hibiscus, Kambili (let me dwell in God’s house all the days of my life); Half of a Yellow Sun, Kainene ( Let’s keep looking up to God); Americanah, Ifemelumma (a thing made perfect); Zikora, Zikora (show the world God’s light)
When was Zikora published?
The book opens and we are published online on 2nd June 2021. her perfect description paints a clear picture of how delicate the process of childbirth is and as a woman, I could not help but read those lines with shivers knowing that they will become my reality one day.
I love the way Chimamanda described the nurses in the delivery room as ‘the bigger nurse’ and ‘the smaller nurse’. It was a very Nigerian thing to do and reminded me of my secondary school seniors and university coursemates.
The seniors in secondary school with the same name, Sandra, we differentiated by Senior Sandra slim and Senior Sandra fate. And the university coursemates we called big Valerie and small Valerie.
Characters in Zikora
My favorite character is Mmiliaku who doubles as Zikora’s cousin and best friend. That kind of relationship is rare in the world today.
I mean, we don’t choose our family members, and most times, the ones we get annoy the hell out of us. So I would consider Zikora lucky to have Mmiliaku who is always there for her and listens without judgment.
Zikora by Chimamanda PDF
The standalone short story, which explores one woman’s bumpy road to motherhood, will be released through Amazon Original Stories and is free for Amazon Prime and Kindle Unlimited subscribers. Zikora is available to purchase for non-subscribers, too.
Generally, Zikora shows Adichie’s bold storytelling, touching on topics like abortion, sex education, polygamy… because why not?