The Arabic editions of two titles by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie were presented at the Sharjah International Book Fair 2018 on November 7, 2018. The translation of the two nonfiction titles We Should All Be Feminists and Dear Ijeawele is the work of Rewayat.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is probably the biggest name in African writing today with winning awards like the Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award, Everett M. Rogers Award, PEN Pinter Prize, among many others.
The Nigerian writer emerged when she was shortlisted for the Caine Prize in 2002 before being shortlisted for the Orange Prize in 2004 for her debut novel Purple Hibiscus. She would win the prize in 2008 for what some consider her magnum opus in Half of A Yellow Sun. The author’s third book Amerikanah would go on to be universally beloved by readers and critics winning the US critics prize in 2013.
Ms Adichie’s popularity hasn’t just come from her writing with two TED talk presentations We Should Be Feminists and Danger of A Simple Story with millions of views.
Two of Adichie’s nonfiction books can now be read in Arabic courtesy of the work of Rewayat which specialises in publishing Arabic and translated fiction and non-fiction. The books were presented to fairgoers at the Sharjah International Book Fair today.
The first of these is We Should All Be Feminists a short book adapted from the 2013 TED talk of the same title, which addressed Africa’s key issues. Translated by Lamis bin Hafez, It addresses feminism and the hurdles that prevent women from getting their rights. Through simple yet powerful prose, she succeeded in addressing the most important issues that women face from around the world, particularly in Africa. Watch the TED talk in full below.
The second title translated is Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions’. The book is a powerful statement on feminism and entails 15 recommendations written as a letter to a childhood friend, who asked her how to raise her baby girl as a feminist. Adichie gives invaluable suggestions supported by facts and detailed information about the right way to empower daughters and enable her to become a strong, independent woman.