A new short story by Americanah author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, titled Olikoye, surfaced on the platform Medium on Monday after being originally published in the story collection The Art of Saving a Life, commissioned by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation to spotlight the value of vaccines. The quick but poignant read is narrated by a woman reflecting on the many lives lost to disease—and those saved by modern medicine—in Lagos, Nigeria, as she gives birth to her first child.
“I hope the story humanizes the importance of healthcare, in addition to paying tribute to a great Nigerian,” Adichie says on the site. “I was happy to be involved because I admire the work being done, and because I believe that access to basic healthcare is a human right.”
One of the most distinguished figures in this generation’s wave of African literature, Adichie is known for her novels Americanah, Purple Hibiscus, and Half of a Yellow Sun, as well as her recently published essay We Should All Be Feminists—based on the speech of the same title that Beyoncé sampled on “Flawless.”