Giwa-Amu plagiarism claim is baseless – Adichie

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Chimamanda Adichie
Chimamanda Adichie

CHIMAMANDA Ngozi Adichie, novelist, has dismissed the plagiarism claim by Anne Giwa-Amu. Adichie through her literary agent, Wylie Agency, described the claim as baseless and false. The agency also threatens to take legal actions against Giwa-Amu

In a statement made available to Realnews, Wylie Agency said: “In 2016 Anne Giwa-Amu brought a legal claim against Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and her publishers. Giwa-Amu alleged that Adichie’s novel HALF OF A YELLOW SUN had plagiarized her own novel. A professional independent reader was appointed to read both novels. The reader concluded that there was absolutely no basis for Giwa-Amu’s claim and advised that the claim should not be pursued. Giwa-Amu nevertheless continued with the claim.

“On 15 February 2019, Anne Giwa-Amu’s claim brought against Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and her publishers was struck out by the court. The court determined that her claim was ‘an abuse of the court’s process’’. The court ordered Giwa-Amu to pay Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and her publishers the sum of £14,250, which Giwa-Amu failed to pay. The court also ordered Giwa-Amu to pay the legal costs Adichie incurred in defending her baseless claim. To date, Giwa-Amu has not paid the money.

“Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and her publishers had never heard of Giwa-Amu’s novel until she brought her delusional claim. Her present allegations are false, libellous and constitute harassment to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Further legal actions are being taken,” it said.

– Mar. 17, 2020 @ 12:35 GMT |

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