"Life is a struggle with ourselves more than the will of Satan" / Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Binyavanga Wainaina

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie read from her work and then joined fellow African literary heavyweight--and Kwani? literary journal alumnus--Binyavanga Wainaina as part of Lannan Foundation's Reading and Conversation Series, which was held at New Mexico's Lensic Theater on September 28, 2011. Wainaina's recently published memoir, One Day I Will Write About This Place, is an absurdly well-crafted coming of age tale set in Kenya, his home country. He is currently a Bard Fellow and Director at the Chinua Achebe Centre for African Literature and Languages in Bard College. The details of Adichie's and Wainaina's dialogue--which covers literature, love, sexuality, politics, and hair, among other topics--are important, but I especially marvel at the easy flow of the banter between long-time friends, and the way their palpable love, respect for, and knowledge of each other manifests and pushes them along, individually and together, slowly but surely.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Reading

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in conversation with Binyavanga Wainaina

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