Chimamanda Adichie has been chosen to deliver a landmark Reith Lecture for the BBC.


2022 is a landmark year for the BBC, as it is the 100th anniversary of its establishment.

Adichie is to deliver a lecture on freedom of speech, to be recorded on October 31 before a live audience.

The venue of the lecture is The Radio Theatre in the BBC New Broadcasting House, London.


The lecture will subsequently be broadcast on BBC Radio from November 30.

The Reith Lectures were inaugurated in 1948 by the BBC to mark the contributions made to public service broadcasting by John Reith, the corporation’s first director-general.

Reith maintained that broadcasting should be a public service that enriches the intellectual and cultural life of a nation.


Other prominent individuals to deliver a lecture at the landmark event are Rowan Williams, the former archbishop of Canterbury; Darren McGarvey, prize-winning author and music artist; and Fiona Hill, foreign affairs specialist.

Previous Reith lecturers include Nobel Laureates such as Aung Sung Su Kyi, Bertrand Russell, and Wole Soyinka.

Chimamanda Adichie has received global recognition for her work which has been translated into over thirty languages and won numerous awards and prizes.

On the selected speakers, Mohit Bakaya, the controller of BBC Radio 4, said: “In this BBC centenary year, I wanted to seek out four perspectives on this complex idea based on FDRs famous Four Freedoms speech.


“I’m delighted that these four brilliant thinkers have agreed to explore freedom as it relates to their knowledge and expertise.”

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