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Make difference ordinary – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Insightful Speech at University of Edinburgh is a Must Watch



Novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was recently honored with an honorary degree at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland.

Accepting the award, Adichie gave a characteristically insightful and witty speech on writing and feminism.

She talked about writing being her first love, and speaking about the things that move her being an added advantage.

She read an excerpt from her new book “Dear Ijeawele, Or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions,” which is a letter she wrote after she was asked by a friend who just birthed a baby how the child could be raised a feminist.

“Teach Chizalum about difference,” Adichie began, reading the fifteenth suggestion. “Make difference ordinary.”

“She must know and understand that people walk different paths in this world, and that as long as those paths do no harm to others, they are valid paths that she must respect,” the suggestion went on.

Watch the full speech below:


  1. suzy

    September 22, 2017 at 2:53 pm

    Great speech!!!!

  2. Ezinne

    September 22, 2017 at 3:44 pm

    I watch Chimamanda and tell myself, I love this woman, I want to be like her, I want to speak like her! But every time I listen to her, I tell myself, I am enough. I am jolly, giddy, fast in speaking and a little witty, and it’s a good thing. What a woman!
    The difference between judgemental and accepting that things are the way they are is a thin line. This speech was deeper for me because I am tired of this intolerant society- The bashing, the hate, the “judgement”, I also wonder, does it mean we all shouldn’t have an opinion? Isn’t there a way to channel our opinions without sticking them down the throat of others. Dear Chimamanda, you are a gem.

  3. Tamunoimama

    September 22, 2017 at 4:23 pm

    She’s so adorable, humble and full of brain.
    Oh my goodness, our nation Nigeria needs these kind of people to set us on the right path

  4. maygurl

    September 22, 2017 at 4:35 pm

    Chimamanda, a woman with elegance and substance…who I so admire.

  5. Ujomo

    September 22, 2017 at 8:29 pm

    She is a class act and well respected in the literary world. Well done and congrats on your honorary conferment.

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