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You Can Always Count on Adichie to Keep it 100 About the World’s Refugee Crisis

Watch the Americanah' and 'Half of a Yellow Sun' author address the United Nations for World Humanitarian day in NYC.

Considering Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie knows intimately how migration can upend life, her selection as the keynote speaker for the United Nation’s World Humanitarian Day—focusing on the global refugee crisis last week—was apropos.


The Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun author’s parents fled during Nigeria’s Biafra War and spent three years in a refugee camp.

What’s more, Quartz Africa reports that a quarter of the world’s refugee population—that’s 18 million people—are escaping conflicts that have disrupted everyday life in countries like South Sudan, Somalia, Democratic Republic of the Congo.

During her speech delivered in NYC, Adichie cautioned against othering, basically applying monolithic thinking to justify writing off or stereotyping an entire group of people.

“Nobody is ever just a refugee. Nobody is ever just a single thing. And yet, in the public discourse today, we often speak of people as a single a thing. Refugee. Immigrant.”

Instead, the novelist proposes that we choose love over hatred or fear, saying:

In my language, Igbo, the word for ‘love’ is ‘ifunanya’ and its literal translation is, ‘to see.’ So I would like to suggest today that this is a time for a new narrative, a narrative in which we truly see those about whom we speak.

Let us tell a different story. Let us remember that the movement of human beings on earth is not new. Human history is a history of movement and mingling. Let us remember that we are not just bones and flesh. We are emotional beings. We all share a desire to be valued, a desire to matter. Let us remember that dignity is as important as food.

Without a doubt, you can always count on Adichie to keep it 100.

Spare a moment today and watch the prolific author’s address below.

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New Fela Kuti Reissues & Box Set Are Coming This Year

Partisan Records has shared initial news of upcoming Fela 50th anniversary reissues and a new box set on the way.

Fela Kuti fans have a lot to look forward to this year as Partisan Records (home to Fela's catalog) has announced plans to release special reissues of two 1971 albums: London Scene and Live! With Ginger Baker, the classic album in which Fela and his band Africa '70 where joined by the Cream drummer.

The label has also said they plan to release the fifth installment in their ongoing Fela vinyl reissue box set series, which are handpicked by notable names in the music world. Previous volumes have been curated by Erykah Badu, Questlove, and Brian Eno.

Partisan has also shared that they will also be launching a scholarship program at Fela's alma mater, Trinity Laban Conservatoire of Music and Dance, in London this year. The label will be sharing more information on all of that exciting Fela Kuti 2021 news soon, so keep and eye out.

In the meantime, Fela Kuti is currently leading the fan vote for induction into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame. You can head here to cast a daily ballot for the afrobeat legend. Voting is capped at one ballot per day.

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