Africa Freedom Prize, 2020 : WATCH: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Receives FNF Africa Freedom Prize

The Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom awards the Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie the “Africa Freedom Prize 2020”. In her award-winning works, Adichie relentlessly addresses the central social grievances and political challenges of our time. As one of the most important intellectual champions of women's rights, she inspires people around the world in their pursuit of freedom. 

“Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the long-lost, undogmatic voice of liberal feminism in the 21st century. She represents the success and self-image of a new generation of African women writers who are increasingly making their voices heard on the world literary stage. In her fight for freedom and self-determination for women, Adichie contributes to the consolidation of liberal values ​​and goals - not only in Africa, but all over the world ”, explains Prof. Dr. Karl-Heinz Paqué, Chairperson of the Board of Directors of the Friedrich Naumann Foundation for Freedom, the jury's decision.

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Together with the host of the event, South African journalist and media personality Redi Tlhabi, Adichie explored issues including how toxic masculinity is showing its true face in the Western political space, how the languages of culture and the practices of tradition undermine the female anatomy, and why African political leaders often choose quiet diplomacy when society calls for change in specific countries. The event includes a special musical performance by South African musician Zolani Mahola.

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