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Photo by Ellie Kurrtz via Women of the World Southbank Centre's Facebook page.

7 Things We Learned From Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Reni Eddo-Lodge in Conversation

The talk was part of Women of the World Festival at London's Southbank Centre.

Award-winning novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, author of Half of a Yellow Sun and Americanah, was interviewed by Reni Eddo-Lodge, author of Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race, in an hour-long conversation that covered topics like feminism, race and life as a writer.

Greeted by a standing ovation upon entering Southbank Centre's Royal Festival Hall, the pair took their seats in what was the most high profile event at the annual Women of the World festival, now in its eighth year. Below are our seven takeaways from their conversation.

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Chimamanda Responds: Bookshop Question Was Ironic, Don't Pillory Her

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie says in a post on Facebook that it's unfair to ridicule the French journalist who asked if there are bookshops in Nigeria.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has responded to the exchange she had with French journalist Caroline Broué on whether Nigeria has bookshops on Facebook.

In a post entitled, "On Bookshops - Not Libraries - in Nigeria," Adichie recounts the exchange how she remembered it and provides her thoughts on the conversation and criticisms that sparked as a result of the clip going viral.

"It appears that 'librairie' was mistakenly translated as 'library' when it actually means 'bookshop,'" she clarifies.

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Was Asked If Nigeria Has Bookstores at #LaNuitDesIdees & Her Response Was Golden

Say it again for the people in the back, please.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was the guest of honor, opening the third La Nuit Des Idees, or The Night of Ideas, hosted by Institute Français.

She was in conversation with French journalist Caroline Broué, to discuss her "commitments to the fight against inequality between men and women, her convictions with respect to the role that African countries should play in globalization," and more.

However, things got a little awkward and side-eye worthy when Broué asked Adichie whether Nigeria has bookstores.

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