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4.29  ·  Rating details ·  17,223 ratings  ·  1,760 reviews
The emotional storms weathered by a mother and daughter yield a profound new understanding in a moving short story by the bestselling, award-winning author of Americanah and We Should All Be Feminists

When Zikora, a DC lawyer from Nigeria, tells her equally high-powered lover that she's pregnant, he abandons her. But it's Zikora's demanding, self-possessed mother, in town f
Kindle Edition, 39 pages
Published October 27th 2020 by Amazon Original Stories
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Feb 02, 2021 rated it really liked it
I read somewhere that love was about this, the nuggets of knowledge about our beloved that we so fluently hold.

Whilst in the middle of giving birth, Zikora, a thirty-nine year old lawyer originally from Nigeria now living in the United States, reflects on significant moments and relationships in her life in the US and in Nigeria – questioning her own views on love, enduring relationships and gender (in)equality while musing on the mutual support she and her married cousin have been lending each
Feb 19, 2021 rated it really liked it
"It was a sweet-and-sour time, a time of exquisite paradoxes."

Zikora is a well-written story about single motherhood, pregnancy, the many strong and sensible women and those few coward mindless men.

This story is sure, a tribute to all the brave women in our world, but it also points out how senseless and weak, few men are!

Zikora is a 39-year-old Nigerian lawyer. She is in a hospital and her final stages of labour. The child`s father (a `highly educated` lawyer) abandons Zikora, when he learns t
Angela M (On a little break)
Nov 23, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: 2020-favorites
4.5 rounded up

I haven’t always enjoyed short stories, but over the last few years I’ve discovered that if well written, as this one is, I could enjoy them as much as full length novels . Well, almost as much, because while this is a near perfect short story and I wasn’t left at the end wondering what just happened, I still wanted more . These two characters beg to have more of their story told or I should say I’d beg to hear more of their story . Having said that, in 35 short pages, without a w
Brown Girl Reading
Nov 02, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I really enjoyed Zikora. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is back. I feel like this could become a full length novel. Zikora is about to have her baby and she recounts all that has happened with family friends , and boyfriends. It's through these stories that she tries to understand people's choices and her own. The ending is abrupt but I so hope she continues it as a full length novel. It was great listening to it on audiobook. Adepero Oduye does an excellent job reading the story. I recommend it to th ...more
Terrie  Robinson
"Zikora" by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a short read I wanted to continue reading...

Zikora is a prominent Washington, D.C attorney who tells her equally respected attorney boyfriend, Kwame, she's pregnant. He's confused! He's shocked! He shrugs! He leaves...

Zikora, now alone, attempts to be strong but falters through her pregnancy. She can't believe this amazing man no longer wants to be part of her life. Every decision in their relationship they made together, as a couple. Now Kwame has blocke
Almost pogo-stick time! (4.5, rounded up)

Now this is what I’m talkin’ about! What a fantastic short story!

Several years ago, this Nigerian author published the (way too long) novel Americanah, and I was just about the only one who hated it (too preachy and slow for me). So, yep, it’s weird that I’d read anything else by her. Sometimes it seems like I can’t control what book my hand grabs next, LOL.

At just 35 pages, this story has the intensity and depth of a novel. I immediately got drawn in. T
Elyse Walters
Oct 30, 2020 rated it really liked it
“Zikora” is a short story...
.....at 35 pages.

Zikora, originally from Nigeria, was practicing law in DC.
Her high-powered professional, scumbag, boyfriend, Kwame, bolts when he learns Zikora is pregnant.
Poor guy can’t face his responsibility and doesn’t.
Zikora has no choice to face her pregnancy- and does.
Lots of self reflection
about her own mother —

Mother/daughter themes have been in my space often this year. I did some reflecting, too.

At only 35 pages - it wouldn’t be fair to say much more
Dec 10, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a really good short story, just 35 pages.
A pregnant woman, boyfriend leaves upon learning this.
Her mother is in town to be with her In the hospital for the birth.
During labor and the days following her baby’s birth.. she ruminates about her relationship with her ex and about her mother’s own painful past.
I loved everything about the writing and story except the ending! I so needed more!
Jan 21, 2021 rated it really liked it
“Zikora” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is an absorbing short story that is free with Audible Plus. It’s narrated by Adepero Oduye who possesses an incredible voice. I loved listening to her performance. Oduye is perfect for Adichie’s lyrical prose.

It’s a fast story, only a bit over one hour. Yet it’s rich with emotion. An accomplished lawyer from Nigeria finds herself pregnant. She’s in her late 30’s and is surprised and happy to be expecting. Sadly, her man is not as excited. This is a woman’s jo
Judith E
Nov 11, 2020 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible
Zikora is everywoman. Like an overflowing grocery bag, she drops bits along the way that resonate with most of our sisterhood. Slightly over an hour, Adichie’s construction of her short story flows from present to past through cultures and countries. It delivers a powerful and skillful punch and the beautiful narration by Adepero Oduye is a perfect match.
Nov 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
I loved listening to this on my morning walk. Beautifully written with a main character, Zikora, that I truly cared about. But I need more! I didn't want to leave her and really wish it was longer. ...more
Dec 24, 2020 rated it really liked it
This was a very enjoyable read. Such a shame it's just a short story, I can totally see it as a novel.

Ours was an ancient story, the woman wants the baby and the man doesn’t want the baby and a middle ground does not exist.

“It’s funny how pregnancy is like body hair. We scrub and scrape our armpits and upper lip and legs because we hate to have hair there. Then we pamper and treat the hair on our heads because we love hair there. But it’s all hair. It’s the wanting that makes the difference.”
Mar 05, 2022 rated it it was amazing
What a powerful short story!

A woman in labor reflects about her love life, achievements and her troubled family bonds. Ultimately, she proves the strength of a lioness when she gives birth to a healthy baby boy.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has a reflexive writing style depicting a narrative replete with spot-on metaphors.

I want to read more of her books! 📚
3.5 Stars.

This short story did not impress me like it did many of my well-respected Goodreads friends....and the rest of the community. But then....I'm still in a major reading funk!

I was really getting into it too....ticked at the boyfriend/lover who was supposed to be such a great all around person, disappointed in the dispassionate, almost nasty voice of the mother, and got through the....Whew!....difficult descriptive birthing with Zikora, feeling both sad and bad for her. But then....nothin

Jo (The Book Geek)
May 13, 2022 rated it liked it
I usually love everything that Adichie writes, but this short story was an exception, and I think the main issue with it was that it should have been a longer story. All the questions raised and answers given were kind of squashed into 30 pages, with no real reason as to why anything happened like it did.

The story begins with Zikora in labour, which I thought was rather gripping, but once I learned of the relationship Zikora had with with the father of the baby, things just became unbelievable.
Jan 02, 2021 rated it it was amazing
I have loved everything I have read by Adichie. This short story is no exception. In just a few pages, we know so much about the characters and their lives. And there's nothing simple or linear about their emotions and relationships. Can't wait for another full length novel by Adichie. Thanks to Debbie for recommending this one to me. ...more
A short but powerful and insightful read. Adichie manages to explore a range of important themes in just 35 pages. Themes such as:

Single motherhood
Dysfunctional relationships
Challenges faced during early motherhood
The impact of an absent parent

I listened via audiobook and now I'm going to go back and read it on my Kindle to highlight multiple lines of Adichie's beautiful writing.
So far I loved everything that I’ve read by Adichie. But Zikora was not such a brilliant read to me. It is a short story, spanning about 30 pages, about a woman, Zikora, during and right after childbirth. She is a Nigerian woman who immigrated to USA and is professionally successful. The story flashbacks to her relationship with the child’s father, with whom she had a flawless dynamics until she got pregnant and he walked out on her. Her stoic mother is the only one supporting her through the pr ...more
Bren fall in love with the sea.
"I felt angry and I felt ugly and I welcomed both like a bitter refuge."

Zikora: A Short Story
by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

There is something about this woman and how she writes that keeps me coming back for more. Why don't I admit already that I am hooked and just binge read all her books? I think I will do just that!

So I was introduced to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie when I read....as many of my fellow readers have....the award winning Americanah. Although I did enjoy that book, I did not fall in lo
Never Without a Book
Oct 27, 2020 rated it it was amazing
This is so working the hour to listen. So good, I was upset to see it end. I want more of this story😩
Read In Colour
Oct 28, 2020 rated it really liked it

Okay, let's get a few things out of the way. The ONLY reason I gave Zikora four stars instead of five is I needed more! Like how dare you set up this perfect story in 35 pages and then leave me (because I'm taking this personally) hanging??? Second thing, this is a short (also available in audio) that is only available to Amazon Prime members. Now on to the review!

Like I said before Zikora is only 35 pages but within those pages Adichie gives us a strained mother-daughter relationship where expe
Reading_ Tamishly
Jan 06, 2022 rated it really liked it
"He would kill you, but he would do it courteously."

Exactly how I felt while I was reading this short story. No, it's just not about a particular character but the whole story, the characters and the writing felt like I was in a situation I didn't like but I was enraptured in it and I just couldn't leave.

There are topics to discuss: lack of commitment/communication in a relationship, overbearing, abusive parents, childbirth and responsibilities. The story is more than these but you have to read
Nov 08, 2020 rated it it was amazing
I love Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie's writing and i'm so pleased i picked this up. ...more
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie once again showcases her beautiful prose in Zikora. The story begins with the titular character, Zikora, who is about to give birth. The father of her soon to be born child is not there with he left her months prior, after she hinted at the possibility of being pregnant. As Zikora goes into labour her mind goes back to this relationship, and we learn that she's a lawyer who grew up in Nigeria. Her father married a second wife, something tha
Jan 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
Shelves: audible, 2021
4.5 Stars

This is a relatively short story, one that packs a punch in 35 pages, but shares a story that is probably shared by far too many women in reality. There’s a slowly building tension, so slow that it is almost imperceptible at first, and returns once again as the story builds near the end. A struggle between mother and daughter, and men and women and whose beliefs will prevail.

Zikora is a young woman who holds a respected place in her work, but will always be a child to her mother. She i
Dannii Elle
Dec 04, 2020 rated it really liked it
This short story opens with title character Zikora giving birth. It is a painful, impossible task and as she fails to deliver her newborn into this world her thoughts return to the man who had aided her in making a foetus, but who refused to remain and help her raise a human. She also reminisces about the girl she had been before he entered her life.

I was unprepared for the depth of emotion and the whole lives this managed to depict in just 34 short pages. Zikora details the differences in gener
Laura Rogers
Jul 08, 2022 rated it really liked it
Shelves: my-reviews
Hy3 1/2 * rounded up

Zikora is a powerful story of family, womanhood, and the neverending double standards women endure in the patriarchal societies of the United States and Nigeria. I understood Zikora's anxiety and sadness but also felt hopeful for her. I wanted to slap everyone else! The mother-daughter relationship reminded me of the complicated strife between teenage girls and their mothers and how a baby often helps to smooth over the rough spots. A slap for the father too self absorbed to
Nov 26, 2020 rated it really liked it
"Zikora" by Ngozi Adichie is about what it means to become a parent, the reponsability of having a child, polygamy and much more..
All this wrapped up in a tiny short story, AMAZING!!!

Although I'm a man, I had to smile at her descriptions of birthing a kid!!
Not because I'm a sadist, but because of the literary skill she uses putting into words all her feelings!!

After reading it, you cannot imagine how much of relief I felt of being a man not needing to carry a child inside of me for nine months..
Jan 26, 2021 rated it really liked it
Wow, this woman can write!!! In just over an hour she got me 100% invested in Zikora, a wonderfully nuanced, complex character. This novella mostly plays out as internal thoughts and focuses on relationships. I loved that some elements (the absolute love for your baby) was described exactly as I felt it, and others (because of differences in culture) were so different from what I'm familiar with. The narration by Adepero Oduye was pitch perfect, and my only complaint is that I wanted Zikora to b ...more
Feb 23, 2021 rated it it was amazing
How many times have you struggled to understand your mother? We ladies are always our daddy’s little girls, and more often than not, our relationship with our moms is more multi-faceted. But we truly understand our mothers when we ourselves reach that stage in our lives. All of a sudden, her thinking, her scolding, her anxieties, her overprotectiveness… everything stats making sense.

Zikora is one such woman. A very successful Nigerian-origin lawyer in America, she finds herself pregnant at thir
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie grew up in Nigeria.

Her work has been translated into over thirty languages and has appeared in various publications, including The New Yorker, Granta, The O. Henry Prize Stories, the Financial Times, and Zoetrope. She is the author of the novels Purple Hibiscus, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award; Half of a Yellow Sun, which won t

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