Keynote Lecture

Chimamanda Adichie

Chimamanda Adichie

Ms. Adichie’s speech at the National Museum of African American History and Culture on April 21, 2017 can be viewed here. The event begins about 12 minutes into the recording.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Nigeria in 1977. She is the author of three novels, Purple Hibiscus (2003); Half of a Yellow Sun (2006); and Americanah (2013), as well as a short story collection, The Thing Around Your Neck (2009). Ms. Adichie has written powerfully about Biafra in Half of a Yellow Sun, which tells the story of a group of young Igbo people caught up in the politics and violence of the war. That novel was a winner of the Orange Prize and a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. Her novel Americanah received the National Book Critics Circle Award for fiction as well as several other awards. A recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, Ms. Adichie divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.


Conference Speakers

Michael Aaronson

Visiting Professor, University of Surrey, UK. Director General of Save the Children, 1995-2005

Douglas Anthony

Associate Professor of History, Franklin and Marshall College

Gloria Chuku

Professor of Africana Studies, University of Maryland-Baltimore County

Anthonia Kalu

Chima Korieh

Associate Professor of History, Marquette University

Cecelia Lynch

Professor of Political Science, University of California-Irvine

Brian McNeil

Chika Okeke-Agulu

Associate Professor of Art, Princeton University

Peter Redfield

Professor of Anthropology, University of NC – Chapel Hill

Brad Simpson

Associate Professor of History, University of Connecticut