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Watch the PEN World Voices Festival Conversation between Hillary Clinton & Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie



Former presidential candidate Hillary Clinton delivered the 2018 Arthur Miller #FreedomToWrite Lecture at the PEN World Voices Festival.

After her address, Clinton sat down with Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in a conversation on everything from American politics to, of course, feminism.

A question Adichie had for the politician – if it was her choice to represent herself first as a wife on her Twitter bio – had gone viral, people condemning the writer for asking.

Chimamanda shared a response to the backlash on her Facebook, explaining the context around the question.

A video of the conversation has been posted on YouTube. You can watch it below.

(Their conversation begins in the 41st minute, and the Twitter bio question at 1 hour 13 minutes.)


  1. nnenne

    April 25, 2018 at 12:30 pm

    Two of my most favorite women in the world!!!!!
    Loud it!!!!

  2. wendy

    April 25, 2018 at 1:51 pm

    I am suspecting that the men in CNA life did not set a good example for her in what to expect…..

    She must have seen some women in her life go thru some abuse or rough patches in the hands of the men…

    • Boss

      April 25, 2018 at 3:35 pm

      Dumb thing to say.

    • Uyai

      April 25, 2018 at 3:39 pm

      So true

      I have a feeling she was abused by her dad or someone closer in the family

    • The Real Oma

      April 25, 2018 at 4:45 pm

      @Wendy and Uyai, don’t project your realities unto others….

  3. slice

    April 25, 2018 at 1:58 pm

    BN it haf do ohhhh

    • Tony

      April 25, 2018 at 2:19 pm

      They lack interesting news so they milk the hell out of some.

    • tunmi

      April 25, 2018 at 3:03 pm

      they needed to post the source tho….kinda came late but ok

      and we missed a chance to have a conversation on reflecting about our choices – were they truly ours. It’s the same way we have people who found their calling in the arts but their parents demanded they study medicine.

  4. Wha

    April 25, 2018 at 2:31 pm

    Nigerian critics quick to write long epistles in the name of opinions but can’t be bothered to watch the video and get their valid facts.. Intelligence debaters indeed!

    • Tanis

      April 26, 2018 at 1:16 pm


  5. Truth teller

    April 25, 2018 at 4:59 pm

    There’s absolutely nothing wrong with her question. The whole thing was blown out of proportion.

  6. O~Intuition!

    April 25, 2018 at 6:57 pm

    Let’s us be contextual in our thought processes before passing judgement.

    Pretty much, many Nigerians who jumped on the wagon in lieu of condemning CNA”s opinion, are yet to watch the index video.

    Well, Just One advice – Be Contextual.

  7. wendy

    April 25, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    @ The Real Oma, no i am not projecting anything but just a fact that happens every day…
    things always get trigger from within…

    • The Real Oma

      April 25, 2018 at 8:48 pm

      @Wendy, what things are being triggered biko? So you are basically saying a woman needs to have had bad male role models before she realises she is not inferior to men nor needs a man to complete her???
      Btw, I liked your comment in error, just thought to let you know…

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