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Book review: Dear Ijeawele

The knowledge of cooking does not come preinstalled in the vagina

~Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I promised myself i would read more but this week has been one of the busiest weeks thus far so i didn’t have the opportunity to do as much reading as i would like. I most certainly did not let that hinder me from reading so i settled for yet another small book in my ibooks: Dear Ijealewe, or a feminist manifesto in 15 suggestions. What a title! This book is a reply by Adichie to a friend who wrote her a letter asking how to raise her daughter to be a feminist. The book raises the issue of feminist lite and i am ashamed to say i have been one of those for the longest. The good thing is we can still unlearn. I like that this book give us the opportunity to unlearn, sponge what we can and leave out what we don’t find necessary as she calls it suggestions. She got me thinking on the issue of changing surnames especially now that all that my educational papers, passports etc etc are in my name why is it necessary to change to my future husband’s surname if i ever get married? Look, i do not want to spoil the book for you, you can read it here over your lunch break and tell me what you think of it. I will give it a 7.5/10, what rating do you give it?

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