feature: acclaimed authors chimamanda ngozi adichie and zadie smith explore race and feminism in new nypl podcast

August 27, 2015

Check out this amazing podcast (via the New York Public Library) with critically acclaimed authors Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Zadie Smith. In their candid conversation (recorded at the Schomburg Center for Research in Black Culture), the two writers discuss race, feminism, and finding one’s identity in a globalised world – plus, Adichie reads part of her National Book Critics Circle Award winning novel ‘Americanah’. At one point, the Nigerian author (known for writing about strong female characters) explains: “It took me a while to realize I really didn’t like the Mills and Boon format, where the man decides. It’s sort of the destiny of the relationship is in the hands of the man. And it’s okay as well if they meet and don’t like each other, then he grabs her at some point and she melts. You know that idea that a woman can’t own her sexuality, can’t own her choices? So this is the anti-Mills and Boon in many ways. The women in my world don’t have to wait because they’re women.” Listen below.

By Alexander Aplerku, AFROPUNK Contributor