Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at the 2014 GIFF

On January 26th, writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie — noted for work like: the critically acclaimed books Half of a Yellow Sun and Americanah, this awesome presentation  about gender roles… which was (surprisingly) featured as part of the backtrack to this song, and for this TED talk about the danger of telling a single story — appeared at Sweden’s annual Göteborg International Film Festival in collaboration with Internationell Författarscen Göteborg and Göteborg & Co. in conversation with Swedish film critic and festival jury member, Jannike Åhlund, to discuss her work, colonialism past and present, and the film adaptation of Half Of a Yellow Sun.

At about the 12:42 mark, Chimamanda gives Åhlund a lesson on the different ranges of color Black people encompass, after Åhlund qualifies British actress Thandie Newton’s blackness and questions whether she was a good choice to cast in Half of a Yellow Sun. Thandie, who is biracial, plays Black-American actress, Anika Noni-Rose’s twin sister in the film. 

The entire conversation is about an hour, but well worth the watch. Chimamanda always gives good dialogue and insight into her work and about the African diaspora.

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