Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie treated her family, friends, students, and fans to a literary evening on the 30th Of November at Oriental Hotel Lagos.
The event was to mark the conclusion of her creative writing workshop - the Purple Hibiscus Trust Creative Writing Workshop. The event was organized in partnership with Trace TV and Venator Partners Ltd.
The event was hosted by Ozzy Agu and Oreka Godis. The evening featured panellists; American novelist, David Eggers, Lola Shoneyin and Dr Eghosa Imasuen all of whom were coaches at the workshop.
Also present at the event were Chimamanda’s husband Ivara Esege, her mother Mrs Grace Ifeoma Adichie, and sister. Rappers Phyno and Zoro also gave exciting performances at the event.
Chimamanda Adichie (centre), her sister (1st left), her mother (2nd left), her husband (1st right)
The graduating class were awarded certificates with Chimamanda Adichie sharing her personal experiences at the workshop with each of them.
Adichie expressed her appreciation to her guest writers, workshop participants and partners.
It’s been really heart-warming to watch them evolve in just 10 days. There’s nothing more humanizing and there’s nothing more stereotype-challenging than to meet actual people from parts of the country that you don’t really know very much about. It challenges you to hear their stories and to realize that their stories are nothing like the stereotypes you are carrying in your head. I feel very grateful for this workshop for educating me.
Sam Onyemelukwe, Managing Director of Trace TV and Venator Partners Ltd stated that the organisation is very pleased to partner with Chimamanda for changing the narratives about Nigeria and Africa in the mainstream media as well as the stereotypes associated with women and writing as a profession. He added that Trace’s core mission to entertain, enlighten, and educate youths, informed their partnership with the writer.