Purple Hibiscus

By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Abridged by Sarah LeFanu.

Against the background of a country in political turmoil, a teenage Nigerian girl, Kambili, finds her way from the religious repression and secret violence of her family to freedom and happiness.

show more detailshow less detail

Episodes

EpisodeFirst
Broadcast
Comments
0120050131

By Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Abridged by Sarah LeFanu.

Against the background of a country in political turmoil, a teenage Nigerian girl, Kambili, finds her way from the religious repression and secret violence of her family to freedom and happiness.Mama has at last become pregnant, but Papa's violence erupts, and Kambili's ordered world starts to fall apart.

Read by Rakie Ayola.

0220050201

Kambili, distressed by her mother's miscarriage, is struggling to revise for exams, while a military coup threatens Papa's businesses.

0320050202

Kambili and her brother are about to visit their grandfather and aunt at CHRISTMAS.

0420050203

A visit to Aunty Ifeoma introduces Kambili and her brother Jaja to a life without fear - and to the rare purple hibiscus.

0520050204

Kambili learns about her Grandfather's 'heathen' beliefs, and Father Amadi teaches her to smile.

0620050207

Papa's 'heathen' father has died in Aunty Ifeoma's flat.

Now Kambili and Jaja feel Papa's wrath.

0720050208

Violence is spreading under Nigeria's new military rulers.

At home, Papa loses all control, and nearly kills Kambili.

0820050209

Kambili is recovering with Aunty Ifeoma and her cousins.

More violence is to come at home, but the purple hibiscuses are about to bloom.

Read by Rakie Ayola.

0920050210

A shock for Kambili - both Aunty Ifeoma and Father Amadi are leaving Nigeria.

A pilgrimage lifts her spirits, but then there's horrific news.

10 LAST20050211

Jaja has been imprisoned for Papa's murder.

But his release is near, and Kambili plans a future of love, laughter, and purple hibiscus.