The Nigerian writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is seen as one of the most important African writers of her generation. For her novels Purple hibiscus , A half yellow sun and Amerikanah (De Bezige Bij) she received various prizes. The famous Ted Talk We should all be feminists she gave in 2012 has been viewed millions of times and with the talk she started a worldwide conversation about feminism.
On January 11, Chimamanda Adichie will come to Utrecht especially for the eleventh Belle van Zuylen lecture . On this day, she will also receive the first Belle van Zuylenring, an honorary prize awarded by the ILFU International Literature Festival Utrecht. Adichie receives the prize “because of the unique way in which she knows how to represent and question the world of today and its ingrained thinking patterns.” (from the jury report). She will be interviewed after the lecture.
In addition to her novels, Adichie wrote the collection of stories The Thing Around Your Neck and appeared We must all be a feminist in 2014 as a book. In 2017 she published Dear Ijeawele. A feminist manifesto in fifteen suggestions . Adichie’s work has been translated into thirty languages. She has written articles for The New Yorker , The Financial Times and The O. Henry Prize Stories . At the end of November she received the UN Foundation Global Leadership Award.
About the Belle van Zuylenring and lecture
Starting this year, the Belle van Zuylen reading will also be awarded the Belle van Zuylenring. That happens to (international) writers who reflect strongly on social themes in their work, bearing in mind the work of Utrecht’s most internationally renowned writer Belle van Zuylen (1740-1805). The ring is an international honorary prize, established by the ILFU International Literature Festival Utrecht in collaboration with the municipality of Utrecht. The Belle van Zuylinglezing was given ten times before by writers such as Jeanette Winterson, Paul Auster and György Konrád.