I Am a Girl from Africa: The Power of Community, Perseverance, and Education (A FAN Program)

We are so happy to support Family Action Network (FAN) as they welcome Elizabeth Nyamayaro, author of the new book, I Am a Girl from Africa. Ms. Nyamayaro will be interviewed by Angela Duckworth, Ph.D.. This virtual event is free and open to the public. Registration is required. Click HERE to reserve your spot!

This event will be recorded and available later on the FAN website and YouTube channel.

AFTER-HOURS EVENT: Attendees who purchase a copy of A Am a Girl from Africa from The Book Stall are invited to attend an AFTER-HOURS event hosted by Ms. Nyamayaro that will start immediately after the webinar. The link to register for the AFTER-HOURS program will appear in red font at the top of an email from The Book Stall. Look for it right after your receipt arrives!

About the Book: Elizabeth Nyamayaro spent her childhood in rural Zimbabwe, living with her grandmother, Gogo, in a village affected by both HIV/AIDS and famine. During one such famine, Ms. Nyamayaro was given food and water by “the girl in the blue uniform” – a United Nations worker – saving her life. From that moment on, she knew her purpose in life was to become like that girl in the blue shirt, a humanitarian trying to improve the lives of people around the world, and thus her dream of growing up to work for the United Nations was born.

I Am a Girl from Africa alternates between stories of her childhood in Zimbabwe spent with her extended family and her beloved Gogo, her early attempts to achieve her dream by setting out on her own in London, and her eventual career with the UN, where she pioneered the groundbreaking HeForShe movement that sought to unite men and women in the fight for gender equality.

By sharing her story, Ms. Nyamayaro hopes to introduce readers around the world to the concept of Ubuntu (“I am because we are”), and prove that if the power of community, perseverance, and education can change the life of one little girl from Africa, it can change the lives of people like her everywhere.

About the Author: Elizabeth Nyamayaro is an award-winning humanitarian and former United Nations Senior Advisor on Gender Equality. Born in Zimbabwe, Ms. Nyamayaro has worked at the forefront of global development for over two decades improving the lives of underserved populations and has been instrumental in fighting global inequalities, advancing social justice, and challenging the status quo to accelerate women’s rights around the world – through her leadership roles at the World Bank, World Health Organization, UNAIDS, and UN Women. Ms. Nyamayaro is the mastermind behind HeForShe, a United Nations global solidarity movement for gender equality that took the world by storm. A political scientist by training, Ms. Nyamayaro holds a Masters of Science in Politics from the London School of Economics and Political Science and leadership education from Harvard Business School. I Am a Girl from Africa is her first book.

About the Interviewer: Angela Duckworth, Ph.D. is the founder and CEO of Character Lab, a nonprofit whose mission is to advance scientific insights that help kids thrive. She is the Rosa Lee and Egbert Chang Professor at the University of Pennsylvania, the faculty co-director at Behavior Change for Good, and faculty co-director of Wharton People Analytics. She is also co-host, with Stephen Dubner, of the podcast No Stupid Questions. A 2013 MacArthur Fellow, Prof. Duckworth has advised the White House, the World Bank, NBA and NFL teams, and Fortune 500 CEOs. Prof. Duckworth has received numerous awards for her contributions to K-12 education, including a Beyond Z Award from the KIPP Foundation. Her 2013 TED talk has over 23 million views, and her first book, Grit: The Power of Passion and Perseverance, is a #1 New York Times best seller.


Event date: 

Monday, May 3, 2021 - 7:00pm to 8:00pm

Event address: 

Online Zoom webinar!
I Am a Girl from Africa Cover Image
ISBN: 9781982113018
Availability: On Our Shelves Now--Subject to Availability
Published: Scribner - April 20th, 2021

A “profound and soul-nourishing memoir” (Oprah Daily) 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&rsqu