Ms Anne Giwa-Amu, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Ms Anne Giwa-Amu, 60, who’s the creator of the ebook titled “Sade” accused Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie of Plagiarism and Chimamanda has now responded.
Giwa-Amu stated Chimamanda’s “Half of a Yellow Sun” was in actual fact plagiarised with bits of her work; “Sade: United we stand.”
In a YouTube video, Anne accused Chimamanda of plagiarism then accused Chinua Achebe of taking part in a task in “giving” her work to Chimamanda who then rewrote it as Half of a Yellow Sun.
Giwa Amu defined how she printed her work with the late Achebe. She had her work reviewed by Heinemann’s African Writers Series, of which Achebe was the Editorial Adviser. Her writing settlement with them lasted until 2019.
Also, Chimamanda Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun was vetted by Achebe.
Giwa-Amu claims Chimamanda stole bits of her work with the assistance of Achebe. She went on to share paperwork to validate her claims.
She stated she first found Chimamanda had copied her work “Sade” in 2013 when she noticed a poster in London promoting the movie Half of a Yellow Sun.
Giwa-Amu provides within the YouTube video: “As this was the original story of Sade, it provoked me to purchase a copy of Half of a Yellow Sun. On receiving the book, I found that the front cover of Half of a Yellow Sun was similar to Sade.
“They each had a profile image of a younger African girl with the colors of the Biafran flag, excluding inexperienced.
“On reading Half of a Yellow Sun, I discovered that it was a rewrite of Shade.“
She continued: “In this video, I’ll put forward evidence to show that after Heimannn Publishers published Shade in 1999, Chinua Achebe contacted Chimamanda Adichie who started to work on the infringing novel with the assistance of three editors.”
She went on to share her “evidence” within the 12-minute video beneath.
She additionally launched some paperwork on her web site which she says helps her claims that Chimamanda stole her work.
Her accusations led to arguments on Twitter as some supported her, saying they noticed the similarities between each books, whereas some defended Chimamanda.
Chimamanda has now responded on Facebook.
In an announcement written by Wylie Agency, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s literary brokers. it was revealed that “Anne Giwa-Amu brought a legal claim against Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and her publishers” in 2016. On February 15, 2019, Anne Giwa-Amu’s authorized declare was struck out by the court docket.”
They denied the claims made by Giwa-Amu, adding that “her current allegations are false, libellous and represent a harassment to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie”. They said that “additional authorized actions are being taken.”
The assertion reads:
STATEMENT REGARDING FALSE CLAIMS FROM ANNE GIWA-AMU
We, the Wylie Agency, are Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s literary brokers.
In 2016, Anne Giwa-Amu introduced a authorized declare towards Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and her publishers. Giwa-Amu alleged that Adichie’s novel HALF OF A YELLOW SUN had plagiarized her personal novel.
An expert unbiased reader was appointed to learn each novels. The reader concluded that there was completely no foundation for Giwa-Amu’s declare and suggested that the declare shouldn’t be pursued. Giwa-Amu however continued with the declare.
On 15 February 2019, Anne Giwa-Amu’s declare introduced towards Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and her publishers was struck out by the court docket. The court docket decided that her declare was ‘an abuse of the court’s course of.’
The court docket ordered Giwa-Amu to pay Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and her publishers the sum of £14,250, which Giwa-Amu did not pay. The court docket additionally ordered Giwa-Amu to pay the authorized prices Adichie incurred in defending her baseless declare. Till date, Giwa-Amu has not paid the cash.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and her publishers had by no means heard of Giwa-Amu’s novel till she introduced her delusional declare. Her current allegations are false, libellous and represent a harassment to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Further authorized actions are being taken.
Signed: The Wylie Agency
Below are Twitter reactions to Chimamanda’s assertion;