Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Reni Eddo-Lodge Discuss Feminism and Race in Writing

As part of the Women of the World Festival in London, Americanah author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Reni Eddo-Lodge, author of Why I'm No Longer Talking To White People About Race spent an hour talking about feminism and race in their writing.

Eddo-Lodge talks about getting pigeonholed as a writer for being outspoken; they talk about how non-white authors face a burden of representation. Both writers talk about how they do not cater to white readers who may be uncomfortable with their topics/portrayals.

Adichie talks about the effects of colonialism and how postcolonial countries were "set up to fail" due to lack of attention to ethnic groups and languages when dividing countries though also recognizing how local leaders have exacerbated existing problems.

Adichie also discussed her previous comments on trans women, for which she received backlash. She upholds her views, saying that trans women's experiences are different than cis women's. "How do we talk about the needs of trans-women if somehow the orthodoxy is that it's all the same?" she said.

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