When Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie gave her speech at the Girls Write Now event last month, it was basically as real as it gets. After addressing many kind words to both the organization and one of her own favorite authors in attendance, Adichie got to the heart of it. Her words of advice? “Forget about likability.”
These are some bold words, but we’re so happy that Adichie said them. Her basis behind this statement is that women, especially, need to tell their own stories as truthfully as they can — regardless of offending somebody or making somebody feel uncomfortable.
Adichie goes on to give some coordinating encouragement to the girls she’s giving her advice to, saying that the world is a large enough and diverse enough place that there will always be somebody who likes them regardless of their offending truths.
Certainly not off-put by being called a feminist writer, Adichie further makes note of how exciting (and necessary) it is that the world is beginning to value women’s words as much as men’s. Overall, her speech may be brief, but it’s packed with some prominent and vital points in the world of female authorship.
Check out the full video of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s speech here — we promise, it’s worth the five extra minutes.
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Chelsey is a twenty-something writer and photo editor living in Brooklyn. When's she's not working, you can usually find her exploring the city or getting lost in a great book. She thinks coffee shops make the best offices.