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.
Here's the clip (the exchange begins around 0:28):
On est en 2018, et une des plus grandes romancières au monde doit expliquer qu'il y a des librairies dans son pays.… https://t.co/gxfamCIfqP— Loopsider (@Loopsider) 1516965339.0
If you see closely, both Chimamanda and Broué are wearing earpieces to understand each other via translators in real time. With how this exchange is sparking discussion on Twitter, could there have been a slight misunderstanding (or misinterpretation)? The literal translation for librairies in French is "bookstore" in English, not "libraries"—but does that change the willful ignorance?
And to think the journalist doubled down on this ridiculous question with: Oh in France, we don't know very much ab… https://t.co/SOfWEt39LM— Yvonne Mburu (@Yvonne Mburu) 1516920914.0
For some, Adichie could've also used this slight as an opportunity to acknowledge the disparity of public access that exists in Nigeria.
I’m disappointed Chimamanda came for France when she could’ve addressed journo & also used #LaNuitDesIdees to promo… https://t.co/wH8o5ghW6h— Rosemary (@Rosemary) 1516984997.0
Watch the conversation in full below.
#NightOfIdeas : #ChimamandaNgoziAdichie launches the #NuitdesIdees at the Quai d’Orsay in Paris https://t.co/HFXBzBmVSs— France Diplomacy🇫🇷 (@France Diplomacy🇫🇷) 1516904217.0