“On Monday of Last Week” (2018) is about a Nigerian woman’s experience as a nanny for an interracial couple’s child. As the description may suggest, the short-story-turned-film is a startling experience—fraught with racialized, sensualized banter amongst the characters.
Adichie, a Nigerian novelist, is one of the latest women to join the lineage of iconic feminist writers like Maya Angelou, Adrienne Rich and Toni Morrison in their literary portrayal of women’s voices.
Hearing stories of and by people of color is powerful. Breathtaking. A necessity. To start seeing these people—these wonderful, imperfect, beautiful people, as more than just symbols of inaccurate, problematic representation. In The Margins tries to do that every Tuesday.
I myself have had personal experience in interacting with women who made great efforts to make me feel inferior. This is because we are raised to believe that our worth and focus should be based on the validation of men instead of our success.