èwas born in Enugu, Nigeria in 1977. She grew up on the campus of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where her father was a professor and her mother was the first female Registrar. She studied medicine for a year at Nsukka and then left for the US at the age of 19 to continue her education on a different path. She graduated summa cum laude from Eastern Connecticut State University with a degree in Communication and Political Science.
She has a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Arts degree in African History from Yale University. She was awarded a Hodder fellowship at Princeton University for the 2005-2006 academic year, and a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute of Harvard University for the 2011-2012 academic year. In 2008, she received a MacArthur Fellowship.
She has received honorary doctorate degrees from Eastern Connecticut State University, Johns Hopkins University, Haverford College, Williams College, the University of Edinburgh, Duke University, Amherst College, Bowdoin College, SOAS University of London, American University, Georgetown University, Yale University, Rhode Island School of Design, and Northwestern University.
Ms. Adichie’s work has been translated into over thirty languages.
Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus (2003), won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and her second novel, Half of a Yellow Sun (2006), won the Orange Prize. Her 2013 novel Americanah won the US National Book Critics Circle Award and was named one of The New York Times Top Ten Best Books of 2013.
She has delivered two landmark TED talks: her 2009 TED Talk The Danger of A Single Story and her 2012 TEDx Euston talk We Should All Be Feminists, which started a worldwide conversation about feminism and was published as a book in 2014.
Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, was published in March 2017.
Her most recent work, Notes On Grief, an essay about losing her father, has just been published.
She was named one of TIME Magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2015. In 2017, Fortune Magazine named her one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders. She is a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.
Ms. Adichie divides her time between the United States and Nigeria, where she leads an annual creative writing workshop.
For a detailed bibliography, please see the independent “The Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Website” maintained by Daria Tunca.
5 FACTS ABOUT
Chimamanda Amanda Ngozi Adichie.
1. SHE LOVE WEARING HER AFRICAN HAIR.
African-American hair, refers to Afro-textured hair types, textures, and styles that are historically connected to African-American culture, often drawing inspiration from African hair culture.
It plays a major role in the identity and politics of Black culture in the United States and across the diaspora.
2. SHE IS NOT A FAN OF FIXING ARTIFICIAL NAILS.
If you take a close look at her images, no matter the occasion, she rarely wear artificial nails.
3. SHE IS A FEMINIST.
A feminist is someone who supports equal rights for women. If your brother objects strongly to women being paid less than men for doing the same job, he’s probably a feminist. If you believe that women should have the same political, social, and economic rights as men, you are a feminist.
4. SHE LOST BOTH PARENTS IN SHORT PERIOD OF TIME.
Months after losing her father James Nwoye Adichie in summer of 2020, author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie shared a heartfelt note on the sudden demise of her mother Grace Ifeoma on March 1, 2021.
Putting her grief to words, Adichie wrote “How Does A Heart Break Twice?”
5. SHE DOES NOT BELIEVE IN CHANGING HER NAME AFTER MARRIAGE.
(She still answer her Maiden Name)
I can relate to No 1-4.
Though for me No 4 is a bit difference, l have lost my beloved father and husband, so l understand the scenario of how does a heart break twice.
Life is too short to worry about people choices, do what makes you happy, be at peace with yourself and spread peace to the world 🌎.
Everybody will be alright 👍
Uju Christy Okoye.
Odogwu Nwanyioma jide ka iji 👍🏼 🌹
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