In News by Oluwaseun Samuel on the 12th, June, 2020

How I Fell Into Despair After Writing ‘Half Of A Yellow Solar’

How I Fell Into Depression After Writing 'Half Of A Yellow Sun'

Chimamanda Adichie

Chimamanda Adichie

Celebrated Nigerian author, Chimamanda Adichie, has revealed how she fell into despair after writing her e-book, ‘Half of a Yellow Solar’.

The 42-year-old author revealed this in a latest interview with Sahara TV, printed on YouTube.

“I sank into one of many deepest and darkest depressions that I’ve ever skilled,” she revealed.

Ms Adichie mentioned the e-book, which tells the story of the Biafran conflict, was primarily based on the experiences of her household in the course of the conflict that claimed her grandfathers’ lives.

She narrated how she struggled whereas writing the e-book as a result of traumatic occasions that happened in Biafra that she needed to describe in her e-book.

“As a result of this novel was a lot about my household, what my dad and mom went by way of, what that era went by way of. Throughout analysis, I’ll examine a refugee camp and I’ll simply cease and cry as a result of it could possibly be very effectively, the place my grandfather died as a result of my grandfathers died in several refugee camps in Biafra.

“So, photos was usually time fairly troublesome as a result of I’ll have a look at them and be like these are my cousins, the kids who’re affected by kwashiorkor, whose bellies have been prolonged, whose hair had turned pink. Taking a look at photos, authentic pictures taken by journalists in Biafra will simply make me cry,” she famous.


Ms Adichie additionally mentioned she was so engrossed with writing the e-book that she didn’t reside her personal life and when she lastly completed, she didn’t know what to do and he or she fell into despair.

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Talking concerning the strategy of writing the e-book, she mentioned she discovered it simpler to share particulars of the conflict largely as a result of she didn’t expertise it.

“My father’s era, so a lot of them didn’t discuss Biafra in any respect. I’ve met so many individuals who learn Half of a Yellow Solar and mentioned that solely after they learn it did they then return to their dad and mom after which ask their dad and mom about their story, “what occurred to you in Biafra, the place have been you”?

“They didn’t know and their dad and mom didn’t discuss it as a result of it’s troublesome. I can not think about having the ability to write a novel about Biafra if I’ve lived by way of Biafra. Clearly, some writers have achieved marvellous work who lived by way of the conflict, like Chinua Achebe, who has a extremely good story assortment referred to as “Women at Battle”, Chukwuemeka Ike wrote about it, Flora Nwapa wrote about it, Buchi Emecheta wrote about it.

“However I feel there will probably be extra tales which are but to be informed by generations that can come after them as a result of there’s a sure privilege in distance relating to creativity,”
she mentioned.

Half of a Yellow Solar

Half of a Yellow Solar”, printed in 2006 is Adichie’s second e-book and essentially the most intense because it revolves round conflict, life in post-colonial Africa, politics, academia and marriage.

The award-winning novel was listed within the 100 most influential novels by BBC information in 2019.

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Ms Adichie’s latest revelation has given credence to experiences of established authors who’ve struggled with despair, regardless of having profitable careers.

The creator of the Harry Potter sequence, JK Rowlings, mentioned she suffered despair as a “single, broke mom.”

Ms Rawlings mentioned she constructed on her darkish feelings to create the ‘dementors’, the creations that plagued the heroes in her sequence.

Different notable authors who’ve suffered despair embrace late American novelists, James Baldwin, Scott Fitzgerald and Tennessee Williams.

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