Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie will on Friday, August 19, 2016 be delivering a keynote address to the United Nations, as part of a series of events marking the occasion of World Humanitarian Day.
Her Manager, Chinaku Onyemelukwe, who disclosed this in a statement, said the event is scheduled to take place at the United Nations General Assembly Hall in New York.
The UN Secretary General Ban Ki Moon will be in attendance, in addition to about 1,900 people from the international community.
The theme of the World Humanitarian Day is “One Humanity” and is intended to speak to the fact that our world is confronting massive, unprecedented human suffering.
According to the UN, 130 million people are in need of urgent humanitarian assistance and some 60 million people have been forced to flee their homes. Adichie has been invited to speak in order to harness her gift of giving voice to diverse stories – to call the world to an increased understanding of our equal humanity in the face of the challenges of a protracted humanitarian crisis.
Chimamanda Adichie, who stroked the world awake to gift as a compelling speaker with her widely acclaimed The Danger of a Single Story speech at the 2009 TED Talk in London, has continued to enrich conversations across cultures and continents with her books and topical speeches.
She had followed her sterling TED Talk performance up with a riveting outing as the 15th Commonwealth Lecture in 2012 in London where she spoke on the topic “To Instruct and Delight: a Case for Realist Literature.”
The Nigerian born author of Orange Prize winning Half of a Yellow Sun, a novel on the intimidating horrors of the Biafran War, has continued to grab critical attention with her remarkable public speaking skills finally making a dramatic entry into global pop culture when her speech titled “We should all be Feminists” found its way into the popular song “Flawless” by American Diva, Beyonce.