French journalist Caroline Broué had to put her foot in her mouth after she asked Award-winning Nigerian author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie whether or not there were libraries in Nigeria.
Adichie was the guest of honor at La Nuit Des Idees, or The Night of Ideas, and was there to talk about the "commitments to the fight against inequality between men and women, her convictions with respect to the role that African countries should play in globalization." But Adichie ended up having to school Broué on herself, especially when her follow-up reasoning wasn't any better, according to one dual-language speaking tweeter.
"I think it reflects poorly on France that you asked that question," quipped Adichie to wild applause. "Because I think surely, it's 2018. You know what I mean? Come on."
Some tweeters have pointed out since the two were speaking through real-time translating devices, there might have been miscommunication since libraries could also mean bookstores. But...that doesn't make it much better.
Instead of criticizing Broué, another tweeter thought it would have been best to educate her to stop any further ignorance of Nigeria in France.
But if anything, it's clear that Broué didn't read Adichie's famed novel Americanah, which follows two book-loving Nigerian lovers as they navigate the choices they make and try to create a life for themselves. The novel is set to be turned into a film starring Lupita Nyong'o and David Oyelowo. But it's release date has yet to be announced.
In the meantime, check out the full exchange between Broué and Adichie above and watch the full interview below.