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How I Fell Into Depression After Writing ‘half Of A Yellow Sun’ – Adichie by XXLMANDIGO: 5:08pm On Jun 10, 2020
How I fell into depression after writing ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’ – Adichie
June 10, 2020

Ghaniyah Olowoyo
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Celebrated Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Adichie, has revealed how she fell into depression after writing her book, ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’.

The 42-year-old writer revealed this in a recent interview with Sahara TV, published on YouTube.

“I sank into one of the deepest and darkest depressions that I have ever experienced,” she revealed.

Ms Adichie said the book, which tells the story of the Biafran war, was based on the experiences of her family during the war that claimed her grandfathers’ lives.

She narrated how she struggled while writing the book due to the traumatic events that took place in Biafra that she had to describe in her book.

“Because this novel was so much about my family, what my parents went through, what that generation went through. During research, I will read about a refugee camp and I will just stop and cry because it could be very well, where my grandfather died because my grandfathers died in different refugee camps in Biafra.

“So, looking at pictures was often time quite difficult because I will look at them and be like these are my cousins, the children who are suffering from kwashiorkor, whose bellies were extended, whose hair had turned red. Looking at pictures, original photographs taken by journalists in Biafra will just make me cry,” she noted.

Depression

Ms Adichie also said she was so engrossed with writing the book that she did not live her own life and when she finally finished, she didn’t know what to do and she fell into depression.

Speaking about the process of writing the book, she said she found it easier to share details of the war mostly because she did not experience it.


“My father’s generation, so many of them did not talk about Biafra at all. I have met so many people who read Half of a Yellow Sun and said that only after they read it did they then go back to their parents and then ask their parents about their story, “what happened to you in Biafra, where were you”?

“They did not know and their parents did not talk about it because it is difficult. I cannot imagine being able to write a novel about Biafra if I have lived through Biafra. Obviously, some writers have done marvellous work who lived through the war, like Chinua Achebe, who has a really good story collection called “Girls at War”, Chukwuemeka Ike wrote about it, Flora Nwapa wrote about it, Buchi Emecheta wrote about it.

“But I think there will be more stories that are yet to be told by generations that will come after them because there is a certain privilege in distance when it comes to creativity,” she said.

Half of a Yellow Sun

Half of a Yellow Sun”, published in 2006 is Adichie’s second book and the most intense as it revolves around war, life in post-colonial Africa, politics, academia and marriage.

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


Ms Adichie’s recent revelation has given credence to experiences of established authors who have struggled with depression, despite having successful careers.

The creator of the Harry Potter series, JK Rowlings, said she suffered depression as a “single, broke mother.”

Ms Rawlings said she built on her dark emotions to create the ‘dementors’, the creations that plagued the heroes in her series.

Other notable authors who have suffered depression include late American novelists, James Baldwin, Scott Fitzgerald and Tennessee Williams.


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Re: How I Fell Into Depression After Writing ‘half Of A Yellow Sun’ – Adichie by XXLMANDIGO: 5:15pm On Jun 10, 2020
Fynestboi MissyB3
Re: How I Fell Into Depression After Writing ‘half Of A Yellow Sun’ – Adichie by shawnfamous(m): 5:15pm On Jun 10, 2020
I also fell into depression the day my dad gave me the book to read and making sure I summarize it all the following week
Re: How I Fell Into Depression After Writing ‘half Of A Yellow Sun’ – Adichie by Onyi22(f): 5:16pm On Jun 10, 2020
So interesting novel
Re: How I Fell Into Depression After Writing ‘half Of A Yellow Sun’ – Adichie by XXLMANDIGO: 5:29pm On Jun 10, 2020
She is outstanding. The modern day Chinua Achebe with a more global outlook and appeal. I admire her works.

Onyi22:
So interesting novel
Re: How I Fell Into Depression After Writing ‘half Of A Yellow Sun’ – Adichie by Galactico4ever(m): 5:31pm On Jun 10, 2020
A masterpiece by a talented literary icon.It's almays hard to write stories like that without being emotionally attached.
Re: How I Fell Into Depression After Writing ‘half Of A Yellow Sun’ – Adichie by Freestainworld(m): 5:50pm On Jun 10, 2020
mere hearing of the Nigeria vs biafran war makes me sick, most times I found it difficult listening to the horrific things the Igbo's suffered, thank God they have bounced back, war is never a friend of any country.
Re: How I Fell Into Depression After Writing ‘half Of A Yellow Sun’ – Adichie by mozele(m): 4:21pm On Jun 13, 2020
shawnfamous:
I also fell into depression the day my dad gave me the book to read and making sure I summarize it all the following week

grin
shawnfamous:
I also fell into depression the day my dad gave me the book to read and making sure I summarize it all the following week

my popsy no send o... he doesn't he knows the book existed. You sure say I no go borrow your popsy small? �
Re: How I Fell Into Depression After Writing ‘half Of A Yellow Sun’ – Adichie by shawnfamous(m): 4:50pm On Jun 13, 2020
mozele:


grin

my popsy no send o... he doesn't he knows the book existed. You sure say I no go borrow your popsy small? �
OK but u go find me small thing lol
Re: How I Fell Into Depression After Writing ‘half Of A Yellow Sun’ – Adichie by mozele(m): 5:12pm On Jun 13, 2020
shawnfamous:
OK but u go find me small thing lol

shuo bros calm down now. At least I go relieve you of the stress small.

Come to think of it, na your papa for life sef.
Re: How I Fell Into Depression After Writing ‘half Of A Yellow Sun’ – Adichie by shawnfamous(m): 5:28pm On Jun 13, 2020
mozele:


shuo bros calm down now. At least I go relieve you of the stress small.

Come to think of it, na your papa for life sef.
Hahahaha u too greedy bros.. pay me
Re: How I Fell Into Depression After Writing ‘half Of A Yellow Sun’ – Adichie by mozele(m): 5:40pm On Jun 13, 2020
shawnfamous:
Hahahaha u too greedy bros.. pay me

chief howfa now, transfer window still dey open o.

e go make sense if we do popsy swap. abi how you take see ham? grin
Re: How I Fell Into Depression After Writing ‘half Of A Yellow Sun’ – Adichie by shawnfamous(m): 11:17pm On Jun 13, 2020
mozele:


chief howfa now, transfer window still dey open o.

e go make sense if we do popsy swap. abi how you take see ham? grin
��� this guy , u b like who no like him popsi.. talk true
Re: How I Fell Into Depression After Writing ‘half Of A Yellow Sun’ – Adichie by mozele(m): 12:13am On Jun 14, 2020
shawnfamous:
��� this guy , u b like who no like him popsi.. talk true

lol. Far from it sir. That's my number one partner-in-crime. The only problem was that he gave up on formal education long ago.
Re: How I Fell Into Depression After Writing ‘half Of A Yellow Sun’ – Adichie by shawnfamous(m): 12:21am On Jun 14, 2020
mozele:


lol. Far from it sir. That's my number one partner-in-crime. The only problem was that he gave up on formal education long ago.

guy see relationship wen I dey find... but ur papa nor too dey consume food na
Re: How I Fell Into Depression After Writing ‘half Of A Yellow Sun’ – Adichie by doggedfighter(f): 4:49pm On Jul 04, 2020
Human suffering will always tug at our hearts.

That book holds such tale

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