Imagine a little African girl who has a near-death experience, yet somehow manages to empower herself and spark a lifelong dedication to humanitarian work that helps bring change across the world. Well, imagine no more, because that is exactly the remarkable story that award-winning humanitarian Elizabeth Nyamayaro shares in her victorious memoir, I Am a Girl from Africa: A Memoir of Empowerment, Community, and Hope.
In our Fireside chat with Elizabeth, you will learn about her vivid life and her extraordinary story of persevering through incredible odds to find her true calling—while delivering an important message of hope, empowerment, community support, and interdependence.
Your Adventure features a live conversation with the author on the exciting new virtual storytelling platform Fireside, where you can converse live with Elizabeth on our virtual stage about her profound book, I Am a Girl from Africa: A Memoir of Empowerment, Community, and Hope.
To join our virtual event, simply purchase a book below and we will send you a private VIP link to attend the virtual event. If you have an iPhone or iPad, you can be part of the virtual audience to chat live with Elizabeth. With other devices, you can still listen live to the broadcast.
Your Adventure includes a paperback copy of I Am a Girl from Africa: A Memoir of Empowerment, Community, and Hope, tax, shipping within the U.S. and Canada, a live Fireside chat with Elizabeth, and Q&A.
Elizabeth Nyamayaro is an award-winning humanitarian and Special Advisor at the United Nations World Food Programme. Born in Zimbabwe, Elizabeth has worked at the forefront of global development for over two decades improving the lives of underserved populations and has held leadership roles at the World Bank, World Health Organization, UNAIDS, and UN Women.
Recognized as Apolitico’s 100 Most Influential People in Gender Policy 2018 & 2019, Elizabeth is a leading gender expert and recipient of the Feminist Majority Foundation’s prestigious Global Women’s Rights Award for her work on behalf of women and girls globally. Elizabeth is a Political Scientist by training and holds a MSc in Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science.
Her book, I Am a Girl from Africa: A Memoir of Empowerment, Community, and Hope, is a profound and soul-nourishing memoir from an African girl whose near-death experience sparked a lifelong dedication to humanitarian work that helps bring change across the world.
When severe drought hit her village in Zimbabwe, Elizabeth Nyamayaro, then only eight, had no idea that this moment of utter devastation would come to define her life’s purpose. Unable to move from hunger and malnourishment, she encountered a United Nations aid worker who gave her a bowl of warm porridge and saved her life—a transformative moment that inspired Elizabeth to dedicate herself to giving back to her community, her continent, and the world.
In the decades that have followed, Elizabeth has been instrumental in creating change and uplifting the lives of others: by fighting global inequalities, advancing social justice for vulnerable communities, and challenging the status quo to accelerate women’s rights around the world. She has served as a senior advisor at the United Nations, where she launched HeForShe, one of the world’s largest global solidarity movements for gender equality. In I Am a Girl from Africa, she charts this “journey of perseverance” (Entertainment Weekly) from her small village of Goromonzi to Harare, Zimbabwe; London; New York; and beyond, always grounded by the African concept of ubuntu—“I am because we are”—taught to her by her beloved grandmother.
We are thrilled to announce that Adventures by the Book has been invited to host a literary series on Fireside which will include book discussions, author talks, book clubs, special presentations, and much more. During the course of WWII, President Franklin Delano Roosevelt instituted a series of “fireside chats” on the radio, as a way to regularly communicate self-assurance and calm during times of despair and uncertainty in our country.
While once a thing of the past, thanks to the brilliant collaboration of billionaire entrepreneur and Shark Tank TV star, Mark Cuban, and Falon Fatemi, former CEO and Founder of Node.ai, Fireside Chats are back, bigger and better than ever, and in a technological format that allows YOU to actively participate!
Fireside Chat is the exclusive, invite-only new podcast platform for the next generation – a socially responsible space for us to come together in real-time to collaborate and create meaningful conversations. Together, we will engage in discussion, debate, and discourse in a public forum and make it a thing of celebration and beauty. We are ready to share our microphone with you and hope you’ll join us as we collaborate in the world’s most dynamic auditorium.