Easily Nigeria’s most influential contemporary writer, the author of Half of A Yellow Sun and The Thing Around Your Neck reveals an impatience with modesty
What is your favourite virtue?
What are your favourite qualities in a man?
What are your favourite qualities in a woman?
What would you call your main fault?
My unforgiving nature
What is your favourite occupation?
What is your ultimate idea of happiness?
To be surrounded by loved ones
What do you consider the lowest depth of misery?
To be (metaphysically) separated from loved ones
If not yourself, what would you be?
I have no idea as I only know what it feels like to be myself
What’s your favourite flower?
Who are your favourite prose authors?
Jamaica Kincaid, Chinua Achebe, William Styron, Ama Ata Aidoo
Your heroes in real life?
Professor James Nwoye Adichie
What do you consider the most overrated virtue?
What is your favourite vice?
The idea of a favourite vice is odd; if I enjoy it then I do not consider it a vice. I own all my pleasures.
What is your present state of mind?
How do you wish to die?
Non-violently. Without knowing.
What natural talent would you like to be gifted with?
Your favourite motto?