Award-winning Nigerian, author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s literary agency has released a statement regarding the plagiarism claims that Anne Giwa-Amu raised.
Anne Giwa-Amu is a mixed Nigerian and Welsh writer who claimed that Chimamanda’s “Half of a yellow sun” plagiarised her book.
The allegation had raised a lot of dust and divided the literary world. However, the celebrated author’s literary agency, Wylie Agency have responded to the allegation. Their statement reads in part:
“Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and her publishers had never heard of Giwa-Amu’s novel until she brought her delusional claim. Her present allegations are false, libellous and constitute a harassment to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Further legal actions are being taken.”
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Giwa-Amu is the author of the book, “Sade” published in 1996. This is not the first time that she had claimed that Chimamanda plagiarised her work.
Anne Giwa-Amu stated that she discovered the supposed plagiarism in 2013. She said she had seen a poster in London advertising Biyi Bankole film adaptation of Adichie’s novel “Half of a Yellow Sun”.
The development has ended in a lawsuit and also led to heated debates among both readers and fans of Adichie across social media.
The issue of plagiarism is a big offence in the literary world. This is why Giwa-Amu’s allegation is getting much attention. However, with Chimamanda’s literary agents’ response to the case, there may be more stories to this.
The book is also one of Adichie’s most renowned body of work. We would follow up and bring you other developments.
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