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“Every morning we Nigerians have a glass of casual arrogance” – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie on Feminism, her Childhood, New Book & More with TimesTalks | Watch



Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Renowned Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was a guest at the New York Times’ “TimeTalks” conference and the author spoke extensively on “Raising a Feminist”. She also shared her thoughts on the state of Nigeria, America’s future, her current projects and more.

Radhika Jones and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

The event was held at Florence Gould Hall on May 4, 2017 in New York City.

For the event, Chimamanda had a conversation with Radhika Jones, The New York Times’s editorial director, books.

See highlights below.

Watch the talk below.

Photo Credit: Getty Images/Donna Ward


  1. A Real Nigerian

    May 5, 2017 at 12:11 pm

    What a wonderful woman.
    With the likes of Chimamanda and Toke passionately promoting female empowerment, it won’t take too long before our young girls see the light and vanquish the Patriarchy completely!


    • Van

      May 5, 2017 at 12:37 pm

      The patriarchy isn’t going anywhere. It will always be a man’s world, but women will be far better off. Female empowerment is great, but be realistic.

    • Sika

      May 5, 2017 at 12:38 pm

      Please don’t put chimamandas name beside toke’s… Like are you for real?? What foolish empowerment is toke doing? Abeg just park well! Rubbish.

    • Itootalk

      May 5, 2017 at 1:40 pm

      You need to calm down. Wetin Toke do you?
      Everyone must not do it like Chimamanda. The goal is what’s important.✌

    • bridget

      May 5, 2017 at 3:04 pm

      Toke may not always be as well spoken as Chimamanda but in her own way she is helping with female empowerment.

      Having the courage to get a divorce from her ex despite all the publicity and over hype (most of which she did herself, lol). But that still takes courage, she basically let girls know it’s ok to make a mistake and move forward, make the best out of the situation. I think that’s something us NIgerian females need; helps to throw away the stigma/cultural expectations surrounding marriage.

    • nene+

      May 5, 2017 at 3:38 pm

      May be @ real Nigeria is Toke………..

    • Bimbo

      May 5, 2017 at 4:34 pm

      Sika , toke might be vain and all but she taught women a vital lesson – its okay to throw a man under a ten ton trailer and make money while doing it .
      Women are taught to he loyal to their men while a man who is loyal to his woman is termed – weak , a woman wrapper. It was refreshing to see how toke and tiwa dealt their disloyal exes punches to the scrotum.

  2. Kosi

    May 5, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Anyone else notice how quietly but surely Chimamanda’s fashion is evolving for the better?

    • Zinay

      May 5, 2017 at 2:36 pm

      Trust me babes, she has always been super stylish. Google her

    • Sisi

      May 5, 2017 at 3:29 pm

      I love Chimamanda and she is greater than what she wears and her contribution to discourse on feminism, motherhood, being Nigerian, natural hair etc is commendable but with this outfit – sequins and layered tulle sleeves, BIG NO. As much as I would love to not comment on what a women wears, I was compelled to reply you

    • The Real Oma

      May 5, 2017 at 7:50 pm

      BIG NO… for you.
      I actually quite like it, its… edgy.

  3. Zinay

    May 5, 2017 at 2:41 pm

    Took a break to listen to the whole thing and I love love love!! How she so confidently and tactfully answers her questions. I agree that Nigerians actually have a glass of casual arrogance every morning, which could be both beneficial and harmful as I have noticed this is what fuels our misplaced sense of entitlement. But arrogance is good to an extent as it reinforces your worth, but once in a while we overstretch it.
    Smart woman!

  4. Tosin

    May 5, 2017 at 3:46 pm


  5. David

    May 5, 2017 at 3:56 pm

    Watched to the 10th minute mark and I couldn’t resist to pause and refute the notion that the protection a brother/father exerts to his sister/daughter is about with gender roles and assumptions. Fathers are protective, too, of their sons, and sisters of their brothers. (Mine ABSOLUTELY are.)

    Every who loves and cares for someone have that protective impulse and weight of responsibility. A brother wanting to protect you is similar to you wanting to protect your daughter. Has nothing with him feeling you’re not capable to do so or that it’s his role to. Well, in a way, it’s his role, just as it is yours. Love yearns to protect (though some people love (in)differently).

    That’s not to say, there are men who feel their daughters and sisters deserve more protection from their sons and brothers. They, in fact, are tons of men. But, men who feel such way are men who operate under the guise of misogyny or simply have the maschimo psychology. The former is troubling, the latter I can live with. Cause it will take a lifetime for men and even women to accept that order than being “manly” there are other ways to be a man.

    That said, Chimamanda is truly is a Virgo ?. If I didn’t know her birthday, this statement gave her out; “…Impulse to help… and cross people’s boundaries.” No one but a virgo does that. What a way to be. ?

  6. Klaire

    May 5, 2017 at 3:58 pm

    Wow! Nwa Oma??

  7. The Real Oma

    May 5, 2017 at 9:12 pm

    So, i watched the whole thing and i am so glad i did.
    This woman is AMAZING!
    love, love, love!

  8. Ifeyinwa Atuanya

    May 6, 2017 at 9:26 am

    “Every morning we Nigerians have a glass of casual arrogance.,” meaning?

    I think Ms Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie could break the statement in simpler explanation

    I don’t understand complex statements – I speak for myself

    • Hot Sumtyn

      May 6, 2017 at 10:14 am

      Maybe if you watch the full interview you’ll understand, Madam speaker

  9. Ifeyinwa Atuanya

    May 8, 2017 at 9:46 am

    @Hot Sumtyn, “Madam speaker,” is that You?

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