The writer revealed her own experience, and spoke about challenging the culture of silence around sexual harassment.
Renowned Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, revealed that she was sexually assaulted at the age of 17 in Lagos by "a big man in the media," while trying to get support for the publication of her first book.
The writer spoke about the experience in detail during her keynote address at the Stockholm Forum for Gender Equality on earlier this week, revealing how her assaulter was friendly at first, praising her intelligence and complimenting her on having written a book at such a young age, before proceeding to take advantage of her:
He was pleasant, avuncular, warm, and then he got up from his desk and walked around to where I was seated and stood behind me, and in a move that was as swift as it was shocking he slipped his hand under my button down shirt, under my bra and squeezed my breast. I was so taken aback that I did nothing for seconds. Then I pushed his hand away but gently, nicely, because I didn't want to offend him."