The Commonwealth Foundation is honoured to announce that the 15th Commonwealth Lecture will be delivered by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie. In the magnificent setting of the Guildhall in the heart of the City of London, Chimamanda will be speaking on the 2012 Commonwealth Theme: ‘Connecting Cultures’.
Born in Nigeria, Chimamanda is the author of two novels, Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the Orange Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award, and Purple Hibiscus, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Her most recent book was The Thing Around Your Neck, a collection of stories, which was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book in Africa. She is the recipient of a 2008 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship. She was named one of the twenty most important fiction writers today under 40 years old by The New Yorker.
‘Connecting Cultures’ celebrates the diverse mix of people across the Commonwealth united with shared values and vision. Together, these 54 nations represent over two billion people of different faiths and ethnicities, where cultural expression is an essential means of identity and exchange.
Date: Thursday 15 March 2012, 6.30pm
Venue: Guildhall, Gresham Street, London EC2V 7HH
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