Adichie presents an alluring TED Talk to promote equality
bounded by two genders
Adichie presents her TED Talk in Euston, London on December 13th, 2012.
By Tommy Jeon
December. 13, 2012
Nigerian novelist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has presented a compelling TED Talk called
“We Should All Be Feminists” which was based off one of her novels which is also titled as
“We Should All Be Feminists. This speech has been presented on December 13th, 2012 in
which the TED Talk is located in Euston, London.
Adichie’s context of her speech is to promote feminism; in other words, bring an end to a
patriarchal society. Her speech is a lengthy 30 minutes and her speech has attracted a large
audience that consists of diverse races. It seems that Adichie’s parents have also attended her
speech as Adichie is willing to speak out to the community along with a few motivational
Adichie first presented her speech regarding to one of her greatest friends, Okoloma
Maduewesi. She presented a story about her time with Okoloma with a sense of optimism;
her emotions kept neutral except with a grin on her face. Mentioning her best friend
Okoloma, she slowly diverted into her topic of feminism along with a couple of giggles from
Having a rough past as stated in her speech, Adichie mainly describes herself as “a happy
African-feminist” in which she is promoting equality throughout her speech. The audience in
this event were amused by this quote as Adichie feels a certain sense of pride and dignity into
describing herself as “a happy African-feminist”. Eventually she caught the audience’s
attention of “a happy African-feminist who does not hate men and who likes lip gloss and
who wears high heels for herself but not for men”
She eventually carried on with her speech that has a setting of when she was in her childhood.
While telling her story, she diverted her plot of when she was in primary school “Then, to my
surprise, my teacher said that the monitor had to be a boy” she said. “because she assumed it
was ... obvious” using the term “obvious” and utilising a pause before completing a sentence
allows the audience to have a perspective on her teacher’s point of view, along with a
humorous tone from Adichie.
Eventually, Adichie not only lashes on about how women and herself were “invisible”, but on
how women were not taken very seriously. She had an interesting method in order not to
provide too much attention on herself from men, as in “wanted to wear my shiny lip gloss and
my girly skirt, but I decided...