VC’s Open Lecture: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

16 July 2021 | VC Prof Mamokgethi Phakeng

Dear colleagues and students

I am delighted to invite you to the next Vice-Chancellor’s Open Lecture, which will be presented by internationally acclaimed author and renowned feminist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

While the topic for her lecture is in the process of being finalised and will be communicated in due course, I am sharing this news to ensure you are made aware early enough ahead of the lecture.

We are excited to have Adichie as the next speaker for the VC’s Open Lecture, which will be our second for this year.

In 2003, she released her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Her other award-winning books include Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the Orange Prize; and Americanah, a 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award winner. Her book, Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, was published in March 2017, and her book Notes on Grief was published earlier this year.

A compelling storyteller and influential cultural critic, Adichie has delivered two landmark TED talks, with the first being “The Danger of a Single Story” in 2009. Her 2012 TEDxEuston talk, “We Should All Be Feminists,” started a worldwide conversation about feminism and was published as a book in 2014.

She graduated summa cum laude from Eastern Connecticut State University with a degree in Communication and Political Science. She holds a Master’s in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Arts in African History from Yale University. She was awarded a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University between 2005 and 2006 and a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute of Harvard University between 2011 and 2012.

Adichie has honorary doctorates from Eastern Connecticut State University, Johns Hopkins University, Haverford College, Williams College, the University of Edinburgh, Duke University, Amherst College, Bowdoin College, SOAS University of London, American University, Georgetown University, Yale University, Rhode Island School of Design, and Northwestern University.

She is a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. Adichie is also the co-founder of Farafina Trust, a Nigerian non-profit organisation that promotes reading, writing, social introspection and engagement with society through the literary arts.

Please join us online for this exciting lecture where Adichie’s eloquence and perspective as a writer and public speaker will inspire all of us to look beyond stereotypes and social norms to recognise our common humanity.

When: Wednesday, 28 July 2021
Time: 18:00 SAST
Platform: Microsoft Teams


Professor Mamokgethi Phakeng

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