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20. Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Dear Ijeawele or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions is an epistolary form of a manifesto written by author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Before becoming a book, Dear Ijeawele was a private e-mail written by Adichie in response to her friend, “Ijeawele”, who had asked Adichie’s advice on the way to raise her daughter feminist. The results of this e-mail correspondence are that the extended, 62-page Dear Ijeawele manifesto, written within the sort of a letter. While the manifesto was written to a girlfriend, the work’s audience scope has been recognized to increase beyond only the mothers of daughters.

It is composed of fifteen suggestions on the way to raise a feminist daughter, with references to Adichie and Ijeawele’s shared Nigerian heritage and Igbo culture. Adichie was inspired to publicize the letter after becoming increasingly conscious of what she recognized as ongoing gender inequality in her native Nigeria. Dear Ijeawele was listed on NPR’s ‘2017’s most-read book list.