Published in 2009, the short story “A Private Experience” by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is set in Nigeria, in the city of Kano during a riot between the two major ethnical groups in Nigeria, the Hausa and the Igbo. The reference to “the government of General Abacha”  suggests the events could take place in the 1990s (General Abacha ruled Nigeria between 1993 and 1998). Consequently, the story is set in a realistic socio-historical context.

Physical setting

The main physical setting is the abandoned store in Kano, where the two characters hide from the riots on the course of one night: “The store looks as if it was deserted long before the riots started; the empty rows of wooden shelves are covered in yellow dust, as are the metal container...

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