In order to develop the habit of reading, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, a writer, has advised young people to abstain from social media for at least two weeks. She claims that this is the only way to stop the trend of book banning in the United States of America (USA).
On Thursday, October 6, The Punch reported that she made this suggestion when accepting the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal from Harvard University.
In her words:
“The most meaningful thing for me as a writer is to know that I can create something that means something to other people. And so what moves me the most is to hear from people who have read me and who say, your work made me feel seen, your work made me think differently, your work made me feel that I was not alone.
“For the young people who are here, if you care about anything, please care about reading, reading is so important, reading is magical, books are magical. And I really think that one of the best ways to counter what seems to me to be a really ugly tsunami of book banning going around in this country is to read. The only way that we can answer to censorship of books is to read books.”
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie addresses youths with a message.
“And so for you young people, I just want to make a very small suggestion, how about you give up social media for you know, two weeks, three weeks, a month, and read, read, read.”
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