Literature
Photo courtesy of Abantu Book Festival.

A Controversy Followed Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie to Abantu Book Fest—How Did it Turn Out?

Attendees of the book festival had mixed reactions to her interview with Prof. Pumla Gqola.

All eyes are on Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. Those without seats in the noisy tent are seated at her feet. Everyone is listening intently. Cameras go off trying to catch her at her every angle. Our beloved Prof. Pumla Gqola, asks Adichie what exactly she intended with her comments on trans-women. Adichie responds: "When the trans noise began."

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Arts + Culture
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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