In Nigeria, there is a lot attached to a name and in some cultures, it is next to sacrilege for a woman not to use her husband’s name after marriage.
Some women themselves see the tag of a ‘Mrs.’ as a status thing and will be very angry if you address them without adding the label.
But Nigerian award winning writer, Chimamanda Adichie, last week ruffled some feathers last week when she insisted on being addressed as a ‘Miss’ even though she is married to a American based, Dr. Ivara Esega.
This is what she said to a journalist:
I just want to say that my name is Chimamanda Adichie. That’s how I want it; that’s how I’m addressed, and it is not Mrs. but Miss.
Ms: that’s how I want it. I am saying this, because I just got a mail from my manager this morning.
It seems that there are people who attended the church service, and they wrote about it, addressing me as Mrs. Chimamanda (Esega).
I didn’t like that at all. So my name is Chimamanda Adichie, full stop!”
So on Morning Teaser today, we ask: is there anything wrong if a woman decides to use her maiden name when she is married?