All dedicated followers of renown Nigerian writer Chimamanda Adichie, are aware of the fact that she isn’t a stiff necked celebrity. She has constantly reechoed her love for Nigeria by the way she appreciates and enjoys Nigerian fashion, music, movies, writing etc.
When asked in the interview with Sunday Punch if she listens to Nigerian music, Adichie lets us in on some of her favourite artistes. “Falana is multi-talented and original. Yemi Alade, Waje and Omawumi all have fantastic vocal power and a beautiful artistic aura that is hard to imitate. Teni is so refreshing and gifted. Asa is a goddess. I think Phyno is extremely talented, and there is a unique and edgy quality in his ability to bridge modern high life and rap. Flavour’s music has a lovely nostalgic quality that is contemporary but has its roots in the past. There are songs by D’Banj, 2baba, P-Square and 9ice that I consider modern classics. Burna Boy is interesting because he seems keen to create an unorthodox body of work. Umu Obiligbo is my most recent discovery and I love their song, Culture. But as far as eternal favourites go, I always return to the queen, Onyeka Onwenu; the inimitable Fela Anikulapo-Kuti; and Celestine Ukwu, who I consider a philosopher-musician.”
From legendary Pop/Folklore singer Onyeka Onwenu to Soul/RNB queens Omawumi, Waje, & Yemi Alade to Afro-fusion star Burna Boy, one lucid thing is that Chimamanda has an ear for highly talented artistes and we are here for her diversified, inclusive and great taste in music.