Isha Sesay: Beneath the Tamarind Tree (With Sunny Hostin)
Friday July 19: 7:00PM – 8:00PM
Doors open 30 minutes before the start of the event.
In the early morning of April 14, 2014, the militant Islamic group Boko Haram violently burst into the small town of Chibok, Nigeria, and abducted 276 girls from their school dorm rooms. From poor families, these girls were determined to make better lives for themselves, but pursuing an education made them targets, resulting in one of the most high-profile abductions in modern history. While the Chibok kidnapping made international headlines, and prompted the #BringBackOurGirls movement, many unanswered questions surrounding that fateful night remain about the girls’ experiences in captivity, and where many of them are today.
In Beneath the Tamarind Tree, Isha Sesay tells this story as no one else can. Originally from Sierra Leone, Sesay led CNN’s Africa reporting for more than a decade, and she was on the front lines when this story broke. With unprecedented access to a group of girls who made it home, she follows the journeys of Priscilla, Saa, and Dorcas in an uplifting tale of sisterhood and survival.
Sesay delves into the Nigerian government’s inadequate response to the kidnapping, exposes the hierarchy of how the news gets covered, and synthesizes crucial lessons about global national security. She also reminds us of the personal sacrifice required of journalists to bring us the truth at a time of growing mistrust of the media. Beneath the Tamarind Tree is a gripping read and a story of resilience with a soaring message of hope at its core, reminding us of the ever-present truth that progress for all of us hinges on unleashing the potential of women.
Join us as Isha sits down with Sunny Hostin to discuss her book.
Isha Sesay is an award-winning journalist who hosted CNN Newsroom Live from Los Angeles and was the face of the network’s Africa reporting for more than a decade. She led the CNN team that won a 2014 Peabody Award and a 2015 Gracie Award for Outstanding Anchor for reporting the Chibok girls’ story. Of Sierra Leonean descent, Sesay grew up in Britain and Sierra Leone. She holds a BA honors English degree from Trinity College, Cambridge University. She lives in Los Angeles.
Sunny Hostin is the Emmy-nominated co-host of The View and Emmy-Winning Senior Legal Correspondent for ABC News. Over her decade long career that has included working at CNN, Sunny has brought clarity and context to some of the biggest stories of our time including the Bernie Madoff scandal unrest in Ferguson and Baltimore, Bill Cosby Rape Allegations and more. She recently announced that she will host and executive produce a six-episode documentary series titled “Truth About Murder with Sunny Hostin,” in which she will show viewers how cases are solved by examining evidence with law enforcement and forensic experts who were first assigned to the case. The series will premiere on Investigation Discovery this fall.