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Participants of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Purple Hibiscus Trust Workshop pose for a photo. Credit: Chukwuebuka Ibeh.

The eleventh edition of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s creative writing workshop took place in Lagos from 20 November to 30 November 2018. Formerly the Farafina Trust Creative Writing Workshop, the event returned after its 2017 postponement as the Purple Hibiscus Trust Creative Writing Workshop, named after Adichie’s debut novel, which was marking its fifteenth anniversary, and sponsored by Trace Nigeria.

Twenty-two participants were selected, housed for ten days, and taught by Adichie, the American novelist Dave Eggers, the Malaysian novelist Tash Aw, and the Nigerian writer, publisher and Ake Festival organiser Lola Shoneyin. It was closed by the Purple Hibiscus Literary Evening. Here are photos.

Below is an exclusive video, published on our YouTube channel, of the participants receiving their certificates at the Literary Evening. Adichie calls each participant’s name, they come onto the stage, and she describes their writing with blurbable words, what caught her attention, before hugging them. Call it a series of blessings. If you missed the event, just don’t miss this inspiration.

Video credit: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Team.

Alternatively, the video can be watched on Brittle Paper‘s YouTube channel.

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About Otosirieze Obi-Young

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Otosirieze Obi-Young is Deputy Editor of Brittle Paper. He is a judge for the 2018/19 Gerald Kraak Prize and the 2019 Miles Morland Writing Scholarships. He is an editor at 14, Nigeria’s first queer art collective, which has published volumes including We Are Flowers (2017) and The Inward Gaze (2018). He is the curator of the Art Naija Series, a sequence of e-anthologies of writing and visual art focusing on different aspects of Nigerianness, including Enter Naija: The Book of Places (2016), which explores cities, and Work Naija: The Book of Vocations (2017), which explores professions. His fiction has appeared in The Threepenny Review and Transition. He has completed a collection of short stories, You Sing of a Longing, is working on a novel, and is represented by David Godwin Associates literary agency. He attended the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where he got an M.A. in African Studies and a combined honours B.A. in History & International Studies and English & Literary Studies. He taught English at Godfrey Okoye University, Enugu. Find him at otosirieze.com, where he accepts writing and editing offers, or on Instagram or Twitter: @otosirieze. When bored, he Googles Rihanna.

One Response to “Exclusive: Watch Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Praise & Give Certificates to Participants of the Purple Hibiscus Creative Writing Workshop ” Subscribe

  1. The Afro Reader August 3, 2019 at 7:44 am #

    This was so beautiful to watch! Chimamanda will forever remain the gift that keeps on giving.

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