LAGOS, Nigeria; 25th June 2018

 

Celebrated Nigerian author, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie recently spoke at the Chatham House London Conference 2018 on storytelling and feminism.

Adichie opened her speech by revealing to the audience that her purpose for gracing the stage was to demystify the “Chatham House thing”. She also touched on the perception of people to the issues that concern women feminism, racism, patriarchy and power, describing her encounter with an immigration officer she had earlier met.

In her closing remark, the award winning writer said, “I think men should read more stories by and about women. We know from studies that men read men, and women read men and women. Perhaps if men read more women’s stories, they would be more likely to see them as fully human and less likely to see them as objects that exist for the needs of men. Storytelling is the breath and final spirit of all knowledge”.

Other speakers at the conference include Kenneth Cokier (Member of Council, Chatham House), Penny Abeywardena (Commissioner for International Affairs, New York City), Dr Djime Adoum (Executive Secretary, Permanent Interstate Committee for Drought Control in the Sahel (CILSS), Shaista

Aziz (Journalist and Writer), Robert Barrington (Executive Director, Transparency International), Mark Goldring (Chief Executive Oxfam GB), Wambui Kinya (Chief Strategy Officer, Andela) Professor Akiko Yamanaka (Vice-Minister of Foreign Affairs, Japan 2005-06) and a host of others.

Watch her full speech her: