On March 23, the PCDI Book Club and DMG Book Club partnered to co-host an evening in Old Main with CNN anchor and author Zain Asher.
Asher anchors CNN's global news show One World with Zain Asher, her 'dream job' after starting her career in broadcasting as a receptionist. Published in 2022, her memoir Where The Children Take Us was inspired by her 2015 Tedx talk "Trust Your Struggle" which has been viewed 2.2 million times on YouTube.
The Delbarton event began with dinner and a social hour, then guests moved into the Music Room for an interesting conversation with the author about her book, her life, and the inspiring lessons she learned along the way. PCDI President Heba Abdulla introduced Asher to the audience, and Malak Atut, with an assist from Headmaster Fr. Michael Tidd, moderated the free-wheeling conversation between author and audience.
Zain Asher was born in London to Nigerian parents. Tragically, in 1988 when Zain was just five years old, her father Arinze, a doctor, died in a car crash on a road trip in Nigeria with Zain's older brother, actor Chiwetel Ejiofor, who was the accident's sole survivor. Back in London, Asher's mother Obiajulu, a pharmacist, assumed the duties of both parental roles and, in her unwavering committment to raising strong, well-educated children, exempified resilience and determination that continue to motivate her children today.
A graduate of Oxford University, Asher earned her masters at the Columbia University's Graduate School of Journalism. Last night's attendees, nearly all of whom had read Asher's wonderful book, enjoyed the opportunity to learn more about her life and the lessons she's learned thanks to her (very strict!) mother.
We thank PCDI and DMG Book Club organizers for co-hosting such an interesting and impactful event for the Delbarton community.