Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chooses Ben Enwonwu's Tutu

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Books include Purple Hibiscus, Americanah and Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction. Divides her time between Nigeria and America.

Ben Ewonwu's Tutu

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie chooses a portrait by the Nigerian artist Ben Enwonwu (1921-1994), called Tutu. It is the most famous painting in Nigeria, although the original is now missing. She also picks a song by the Nigerian singer Flavour, called Ashawo.

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From the Archive

Ben Enwonwu on British colonial influence in Nigeria

Ben Enwonwu talks to the BBC in 1958 and criticises Britain's attitude towards Nigerian culture.

Originally broadcast on The Inheritors: West Africa 04 Nov 1958 BBC Two

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Chimamanda tells readers at Radio 4's Bookclub why it's important that Africans tell their own stories.

Originally broadcast on Bookclub 8 May 2008 on BBC Radio 4

Contemporary Nigerian Art

Nigerian artist Edosa Ogiugo talks about the challenges he faces.

Originally broadcast on The Strand 14 Feb 2013 on BBC World Service

Chimamanda on studying in America

Chimamanda talks about studying in America and the perils of being labelled an 'African writer.'

Originally broadcast on Front Row 3 Apr 2009 on BBC Radio 4

Jackie Kay on African Art

Jackie Kay tours the We Face Forward exhibition of West African Art in Manchester, with Mark Lawson.

Originally broadcast on Front Row 30 May 2012 BBC Radio 4

Watch: Ben Enwonwu at work

Footage of Ben Enwonwu busy at work in a sculpture studio in 1957

Originally broadcast on Panorama 11 Nov 1957 BBC Two

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