Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Be Courageous

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Watch this famous Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Speech. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian novelist, writer of short stories, and nonfiction. She has written the novels Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun, and Americanah, the short story collection The Thing Around Your Neck, and the book-length essay We Should All Be Feminists. Enjoy our Speeches with big English subtitles and keep your English learning journey.


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Try. If it doesn’t work out, try something else.” Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie TRANSCRIPT:

“Congratulations to you and to all your loved ones who are here.

I spent a wonderful year at the Radcliffe Institute here at Harvard, doing a fellowship in 2011 and I fell in love with Cambridge and so it’s very good to be back.

My name is Chimamanda, in Igbo, it means my personal spirit will never be broken. I’m not sure why but some people find it difficult to pronounce, a few years ago I spoke at an event in London, the English woman who was to introduce me had written my name phonetically on the piece of paper, and backstage she held on tightly to this paper while repeating the pronunciation over and over. I could tell, she was very eager to get it right.

And then she went on to the stage and gave a lovely introduction and ended with the words ‘ladies and gentlemen please welcome Chimichanga.’

I told this story at a dinner party shortly afterwards and one of the guests seemed very annoyed that I was laughing about it, ‘that was so insulting’ he said ‘that English woman could have tried harder.’ But the truth is she did try very hard, in fact, she ended up calling me a fried burrito because she had tried very hard and then ended up with an utterly human mistake. That was the result of anxiety.
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