The notable Nigerian author will be in conversation with Prof Pumla Dineo Gqola at the Abantu Book Festival. If you haven’t had the chance of delving into one of her books such as ‘Americanah’or ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’, you’re probably at least familiar with her powerful feminist words that blaze in Beyoncé’s song Flawless. Chimamanda has won numerous awards since the publication of her debut novel Purple Hibiscus and has also published a collection of short stories. In addition, she has added to the conversations onAfrica, feminism, race and representations through her thought-provoking TED Talks ‘The danger of a single story’ and ‘We should all be feminists’.
The festival aims to celebrate African literature and provide a platform of interaction between black writers and black readers. Adichie’s presence and voice fits perfectly within the space that the organisers aim to build in the upliftment of black and African literature. Professor Gqola, an academic and writer whose most recent book is the memoir ‘Reflecting Rogue: Inside the Mind of a Feminist’, will be moderating the conversation so we can expect a powerful, dynamic and engaging discussion.
The festival takes place from the6th to the 9th of December. Morning tickets are free andafternoon tickets are R20 and can be bought from Web-tickets. You can check outthe full programme on the Abantu Book Festival webpage which boasts an amazingline-up ranging from poets, musicians, authors and filmmakers andchild-friendly activities in the KidsZone.
Chimamanda will be speaking on the 7th at the Eyethu Lifestyle Centre. So if you’re interested in going and haven’t yet had time to get familiar with her amazing work, you still have enough time to sneak in a quick read of one of Adichie’s books or listen to one of her TED talks.