Michelle Obama Inspires the Southbank

Michelle Obama in conversation with Chimamanda Ngozi Adiche in London. Image taken by Craig Fergus

Michelle Obama’s highly-anticipated talk at the Royal Festival Hall took place on Monday evening (December 3), and was branded ‘outstanding’ by attendees.

The former First Lady stopped by the Southbank Centre to converse with Nigerian novelist Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie in-front of 2700 lucky ticket holders, 300 of which were local schoolchildren.

Topics discussed throughout the evening included growing up as a black woman in Chicago, her husband Barack’s White House campaign, and how to accept yourself. It was in support of her new memoir ‘Becoming‘, which is now the best selling book of 2018.

Esther Godwins, an employment lawyer from London, expressed her gratitude to the venue for organising the appearance. She said, ‘I queued from 5:30AM in hopes of grabbing a seat, and it was absolutely worth it. Michelle Obama embodies inspiration, and has achieved what so many women dream of doing – the impossible’.

Rosemarie Davidson-Gotobed, who works for the Church of England, said that the night left her feeling ‘connected’ to Michelle, as they have ‘faced similar struggles growing up as black women in the same era’.

Also in attendance was the Duchess of Sussex, who met with Mrs. Obama after the event to discuss girls education. Whilst the event was not live-streamed, clips of the ninety minute spectacle can be found online.