Don’t you just love it when two powerful people come together to rub minds? It is always an interesting conversation to listen to. Two of the most intelligent, incisive, poised, and funny women in literature — Zadie Smith and Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie — sat down for about an hour to talk about a whole lot of things.
38 year old black British writer, Zadie Smith FRSL is a novelist, essayist and short story writer. As of 2012, she has published four novels, all of which have received substantial critical praise. 36-year-old Nigerian author Chimamanda has been called “the most prominent” of a “procession of critically acclaimed young anglophone authors [that] is succeeding in attracting a new generation of readers to African literature”
Here is a sample, on the topic of women characters in fiction. Zadie Smith says, “Someone very unwisely gave my mother a copy of Bridget Jones’s Diary in the mid-’90s — a book I find very funny and sweet — but for my mother, it might as well have been written in Swahili for the amount she comprehended. Her question was: What is wrong with this woman? What is her issue exactly? What’s the problem here?”
And Chimamanda Adichie says, “So for me I’m writing about women who are familiar. Not to say all the women I know are strong and have their shit together, they’re not. But to say that idea of a woman being strong — simply being strong, not to prove anything, not to be unusual — is normal to me.”
Watch the video below, it was an interesting watch for us.