love, race, hair

„Is hair a conversation?“

„It’s a political thing“ the award winning novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie replied in an interview with the Channel 4 news.

„I don’t intend to [make a statement] but I do. By walking in somewhere with my hair people make assumptions, they make immediate assumptions. If my hair isn’t straight, people can assume that you’re either, you know, they might think you’re an angry black woman or they might think you’re very soulful or they might think you’re an artist or they might think you’re a vegetarian.“

Reason enough for the Nigerian writer to link the power of hair to issues such as love, race and immigration in her latest novel Americanah.

And reason enough for me to take up the challenge of examining how hair influences and is influenced by our society during the next weeks!