Rivoli – Grande Auditório
Crossings / Travessias

Chaired by

Joana Gorjão Henriques

The opening session of Fórum do Futuro will present one of the most respected writers of our time - Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – whose works have been translated into over thirty languages and who has been considered by Time magazine to be one of the “100 Most Influential People in the World”. Known for the courage, originality, and assertiveness with which she addresses topics such as blackness and feminism in her works, the author will talk about how racism still functions today from a single, latent, and dangerous discourse. What are the social implications of its inevitable internalisation?

The author asserts she only began to feel black when she emigrated from Nigeria to the United States at the age of 19 and was confronted with the American perception of Africa - a paternalistic and linear view of catastrophe, poverty, and ignorance - that initially led her to refuse to identify herself as black. In this conversation, moderated by Joana Gorjão Henriques – a reputed journalist and author of books focusing on issues related to racism and human rights – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will discuss the long process of rediscovering her identity and culture, and the importance of literary works by American and African black authors to understand the roots of racist stereotypes in America. Defending the essential importance of multiple narratives, Adichie considers that writing should always have a social function – stories can undermine the dignity of a people but also have the power to repair broken dignity.

Simultaneous interpretation