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“We Should All be Feminists” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

I just love Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, her work is beautiful, and her argument here for TedTalks is way too important to be ignored.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie a renowned Nigerian novelist was born in Nigeria in 1977. She grew up in the university town of Nsukka, Enugu State where she attended primary and secondary schools, and briefly studied Medicine and Pharmacy. She then moved to the United States to attend college, graduating summa cum laude from Eastern Connecticut State University with a major in Communication and a minor in Political Science. She holds a Masters degree in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins and a Masters degree in African Studies from Yale University. She was a 2005-2006 Hodder Fellow at Princeton, where she taught introductory fiction. Chimamanda is the author of Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the 2007 Orange Prize For Fiction; and Purple Hibiscus, which won the 2005 Best First Book Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the 2004 Debut Fiction Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. In 2009, her collection of short stories, The Thing around Your Neck was published. She was named one of the twenty most important fiction writers today under 40 years old by The New Yorker and was recently the guest speaker at the 2012 annual commonwealth lecture. She featured in the April 2012 edition of Time Magazine, celebrated as one of the 100 Most Influential People in the World. She currently divides her time between the United States and Nigeria.

Intro and Outro music by Kadialy Kouyate performed at TEDxEuston 2011. You can view the full performance here:

In the spirit of ideas worth spreading, TEDx is a program of local, self-organized events that bring people together to share a TED-like experience. At a TEDx event, TEDTalks video and live speakers combine to spark deep discussion and connection in a small group. These local, self-organized events are branded TEDx, where x = independently organized TED event. The TED Conference provides general guidance for the TEDx program, but individual TEDx events are self-organized.

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Nelson Mandela dies aged 95

Nelson Mandela, a great and inspiring world figure, a constant advocate of unity and peace, and a hero of our era, has passed away aged 95 after several years of .

The former South African president passed on peacefully in hospital, following a summer of recurring health issues and hospital visits.

This huge loss, undoubtedly, is already being felt and mourned across the world, with current president Jacob Zuma stating:

Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have lost a father.

“What made Nelson Mandela great was precisely what made him human. We saw in him what we seek in ourselves.”

World leaders, and peace and equality advocates alike today mourn this great loss and, I can only hope, will continue to look back on his life, practices, and beliefs as mantras worth repeating throughout the course of human history.

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Doris Lessing

Earlier this week, the talented and beloved writer, playwright, poet, and Nobel Prize winner, Doris Lessing, passed away, gently at age 94.

Her impressive career – over 50 works – exceeded decades, boundaries and genres; she wrote almost-feminist-fiction (The Golden Notebook), political non-fiction  (Prisons We Choose To Live Inside), depictions of the developing world and class struggles (The Good Terrorist), dysotopian and science-fiction (Memoirs of a Survivor)  and the landscapes of Africa where she spent much of her formative years (as is beautifully depicted in her first novel The Grass is Singing.) Her work, furthermore, has influenced the establishment of the Doris Lessing Society dedicated to academically and studiously reviewing her work.

Despite her arduous upbringing – difficulties with her mother, dropping out a school when she was 13 and self-educating herself – she evidently went on to become a masterful, respected, and, much adored public figure and, no doubt, will continue to be so.

Whatever you’re meant to do, do it now. The conditions are always impossible.

Find below the covers of some of her best and most celebrated works:

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