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What you Missed at the Exclusive “Evening of Conversations” With Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie + Watch Full Video



We’re sure the BNers who won the ticket to the exclusive interactive session with author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie had a great time because we did.

Tagged “An Evening of Conversations,” the discussions bordered on feminism, tips for writing, dealing with backlash, bride price, toxic masculinity, her next novel, her love for Nigerian fashion brands and online shopping, raising a male child, and so on.

Chimamanda also got an amazing gift from this young man who travelled from Lokoja, Kogi state to Lagos for this event.

See clips below:

First of all, ever wondered what happened to Kainene in Half of a Yellow Sun?

Talking about her love for Nigerian brands

On why women should be feminist leaders

On why some women don’t want to be attached to the feminist movement

It’s only fair to give women opportunities because they are women after they’ve been refused opportunities because they are women until gender parity is achieved – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Aspiring writers, here are 4 tips for you from Chimamanda

Chimamanda talking about crafting what she calls ‘Christian Feminism”

Why you must tailor you approach in the fight for social justice to fit your environment

How you can talk to your parents/older relatives to effect cultural change

On the history of the feminist movement and why some people may find it extreme

Addressing the “holding the door” discussion she had with Trevor Noah on The Daily Show

Why it’s wrong to insult a man by saying he’s feminine

Why issues like washing of plates of engaging in domestic work should not be trivialised as they are part of the feminism discussion

On Bride Price and what happened when she was getting married

Chimamanda thanking everyone for the love

Watch the full video below:


  1. Nnenne

    September 22, 2018 at 10:38 pm

    Great. Thanks for posting.

  2. Cherie

    September 23, 2018 at 1:07 am

    Incredibly jealous I was not there. In my mind it was like Naija Feminist Voltron Formation and Chimamanda was Akira Kogane.

  3. Jules

    September 23, 2018 at 7:31 am

    Watched it live. In awe in awe in awe

  4. Tina

    September 23, 2018 at 8:35 am

    What the bleep is she wearing?

    • Poesy

      September 23, 2018 at 2:00 pm

      Pattern on pattern

    • Miss Smart

      September 23, 2018 at 2:25 pm

      A beautiful ensemble that suits her body. The rules have been thrown out of a moving train. Now, people can mix and match prints as they deem fit. In fact, in the fashion world, the more bizarre looking, the more chic… darling .

  5. Food for thought

    September 23, 2018 at 2:09 pm

    All these noise about feminism. My question is :
    Is feminism another agenda to break up African families/marriages? Because, the African culture is totally different from the Western culture. I am for equality and men treating women with respect.
    However, some of the advice Chimamanda has been spewing out lately would end up causing conflicts if applied in the African setting.
    The Western culture has not recognised Blacks as equals. So much racism and bigotry can be seen clearly day-to-day.
    So, why are we pushing the white man’s agenda??
    All this sexist beliefs that Chimamanda is masking as feminism, is it just another tool to divide and cause confusion within our culture? . White people would never compromise their own culture and beliefs, or accept another cultures way of life. You never hear of Chinese or Japanese people pushing for another cultures way of life. Yet, their women and men respect each other.
    Good luck to those of you who are buying into it.

    • Californiabawlar

      September 23, 2018 at 3:48 pm

      You: … my questions is….
      Me: no one gives a fvk about your question. Stops reading.

      Honest reaction ??‍♀️

    • Creme

      September 23, 2018 at 3:56 pm

      Oh Lawd! Please read a book

    • Creme

      September 23, 2018 at 3:58 pm

      The fact that you use Chinese and Japanese culture ( the latter being one of the most patriachal deferential cultures of the world) as an example of egalitarian equality and respect just further proves that you know nothing of what you speak. Please do yourself a favour- travel, read and listen more. ??‍♀️

    • Dust

      September 23, 2018 at 4:17 pm

      @Foodforthought, We (as in 99% of Nigerians) are not pushing ‘white man’s agenda’, its bellanaija, Linda Ikeji e.t.c and Chimamanda that are pushing ‘white man’s agenda’ and trying to brainwash Nigerians..

    • Nana

      September 23, 2018 at 4:31 pm

      You’ll be okay love.

    • Cherie

      September 23, 2018 at 4:45 pm

      This is poison disguised as food. It is demonstrably false that feminism is the “white man’s agenda”. African history is full of women who fought for justice and equality for women. Adelaide Casely-Hayford, Margaret Ekpo and Funmilayo Anikulapo-Kuti are a few examples. That feminism is unafrican is a lie from the pit of the hell that is the patriarchy. Or you don’t know about the history of African women and you refused to learn.

      The brain is a supercomputer. Billions of brain cells means we can process multiple injustices simultaneously. Racial injustice and misogyny are not mutually exclusive. In fact they often overlap in many societies.

      Read up on African feminism and intersectional feminism. While you are at it read up on Asian women fighting for their rights. Arab women. Polynesian women. Have you noticed the trend yet? Feminism is a GLOBAL movement.

    • didi

      September 23, 2018 at 11:39 pm

      No one has the right to call any woman from history a feminist just because they fought for women’s right. You have seen brave and outstanding women in this present generation who support the rights of women say they are NO FEMINIST. So stop calling any woman who has defended other women in the past a feminist just because they seem to have views that align with your feminist movement.

    • Cherie

      September 24, 2018 at 12:24 am

      Welcome to the discussion Didi aka Eunice Atuejide. I hate to break it you, but feminism is about the advocacy of women’s rights on the grounds of political, social, and economic equality to men. A movement is often well underway before it is named. If you have a personal distaste for the word that is your personal issue. But this sentence is downright schizophrenic

      “stop calling any woman who has defended other women in the past a feminist just because they seem to have views that align with your feminist movement.”

      It’s like saying any man who has defended other races is not a civil rights activist.

      Your religion is personal to you and your household. It should not influence public policy or other people’s lives.

    • Creme

      September 24, 2018 at 6:14 pm

      Didi please stop using God’s word to justify your thought process. The same bible that you are talking about, is it not the same book that said a man shall leave his parents and be joined to his wife? Yet, in our culture it is the woman that leaves her parents home and drops her last name. I don’t hear all ‘the husband is the head of the home’ bashers making an issue of that. Is it not the same bible that talks about the Proverbs 31 woman or the same bible that says husband and wife should submit to one another. Why do our pastors, ministers and priests cherry pick only the verses that suit them and ram it down our throats? If you want to follow the bible, follow it wholly and completely. God did not design me to be inferior to any man, thank you. The God I know is just! And therefore, he will not make me inferior just because of what is between my legs. Selah.

    • Miss Smart

      September 24, 2018 at 3:50 am

      The one after my very own heart! You get it, I’m glad someone gets it. Jeez! I think the vast majority just need to travel and read more. The cocoon has to be broken free from.

    • Cherie

      September 24, 2018 at 3:15 pm

      @Miss Smart My soul sister! We have to educate them. The misogyny is deep.

    • didi

      September 23, 2018 at 7:34 pm

      Exactly dear please open their eyes if you can. Am not much of a traditional or cultural person, i only uphold that which is sound, edifying, reasonable and God fearing. If chimamanda choose to side line SUBTLY the importance or the intent of God in the whole human race or even any movement at all does that you count me out. God is NOT RELIGION he is life itself so, saying we should live Gods opnion in a school of thought entirely renders that thought or movement useless. Yes i said it you can hate all you want but i AM NOT A FEMINIST but a BELIEVER OF JESUS and i also support euality and that husbands remain the head of their homes with RESPECT for their wives.

    • Elle

      September 23, 2018 at 8:43 pm


    • Vera

      September 23, 2018 at 9:10 pm

      you are a good example of the saying for lack of knowledge my people perish. you will probably be upset but its true. you are honestly quite ignorant

    • Miss Smart

      September 23, 2018 at 10:07 pm

      This ideology is flawed. It’s called the Stockholm Syndrome, Turkeys voting for Christmas. If a so called “union” in the name of an African marriage is based on the premise that there’s a subject and a master then I say it’s been doomed from the onset, it’s was just a matter of time.

      The West never had it all together, women had to fight long and hard for the gender progress you see in the West today ( there’s still a long way to go). If other cultures are still oppressive, doesn’t mean they are perfect and should be accepted. The revolution in England saw women control their fertility, vote, work, own homes and pretty much do whatever they pretty damn well feel like doing( no ownership, no permission needed). This has made a good number of women not shy in paying their way, in some cases insisting in paying their way. We need a revolution in Nigeria, it’s about TIME.

      We need to be very careful of what we accept as our culture, a lot of it isn’t originally ours. A lot of the laws of our land were sold to us under false pretense. We all need an in-depth history lesson in pre- colonial Nigeria.

      Chimamanda makes very valid points, feminism( equal opportunities for both gender) benefits all. There’s so much greatness that can come from collaborative partnerships, mutual respect and equal opportunities. Women are capable, we see this everyday, in every way.

      Please seek more knowledge.

    • Fleur

      September 24, 2018 at 4:20 am

      What are yo afraid of? Standing on your own two feet as a human and a partner to your spouse? That is what feminism is about. Transformation of marriages and other bigender relationships to the kind of relationships that maximize the potential of each partner rather than suppress one partner. Relationships where the females are subservient never quite achieve what is attainable to them because one partner is literally handicapped. That is how you should think about what feminism is trying to accomplish in the world of marriage.

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