Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was interviewed by FRANCE 24’s. This comes after the 2019 Washington, D.C. edition of the Night of Ideas where she was a keynote speaker. The renowned author shared her thoughts on social media, Donald Trump and feminism.
For its D.C. debut, the Night of Ideas explored the theme “Facing Our Time” through a diverse range of topics, which includes; civil rights, digital privacy, art and advocacy, economics, feminist philosophy, art history, music history, and more.
Adichie, while speaking to FRANCE 24’s Sonia Dridi during the first “Night of Ideas” in Washington, said the most challenging issue of our time is critical thinking.
“One of the things I find most concerning is that I think critical thinking is imperial.
I think that we have to be very careful that we don’t lose sight of how important it is to think critically.
I sometimes worry that technology means that we lose sight of empathy. And this evening I talked about how social media can sometimes make us forget that there’s an actual human being on the other end.
I think that the ability to think critically and the ability to feel empathy those are very important”. She said.