Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has always been a trail blazer and now she is the first woman to ever appear on the cover of PORT Magazine, which was originally launched in 2011 as “the magazine for men”.

Talking about putting a woman on the cover for the first time ever, editor Dan Crowe says:

“We launched as ‘the magazine for men’, and, while we’ve dropped that tagline (as it started to seem quite militant), we initially ran with accomplished men on the cover who we felt were under-considered by our youth-obsessed media. After we had established our brand and made this point, we chose to exercise more freedom.

“We had wanted to feature the novelist Chimamanda Adichie for a while, but it took a long time to arrange. We’ll be featuring more woman and a younger guy (now that we’ve bucked the trend) from time to time in the future. But we will always have time for the iconic men associated with classic Portcovers.”

In the issue, Chimamanda talks about her extraordinary books, the complexity of recent gender movements and her next big project.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie who happens to be one of the foremost intellectual voices in the United States and the world at large is the author of Half of a Yellow Sun, Purple Hibiscus and Americanah – as well as of one of the most-viewed Ted talks ever, sampled by Beyoncé, no less – Adichie transcends the barriers between literature, art and music. For the cover story of Port issue 22, she met Catherine Laceyin Washington DC to discuss her extraordinary books, the complexity of recent gender movements and to give a hint at a next big project.

The cover story for the biannual style magazine was written by Catherine Lacey, and photos were taken by Mamadi Doumbouya. The new issue, PORT’s 22nd, will be out on newsstands in mid-April.

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