Famously dubbed “the most prominent” of a “procession of critically acclaimed young Anglophone authors succeeding in attracting a new generation of readers to African literature”, Nigerian novelist, nonfiction writer and short story writer Chimamanda Adichie has definitely made a name for herself within the country and beyond.
Born to an Igbo family in the city of Enugu and the fifth of six children, the big time personality was born to James Nwoye Adichie, a professor of statistics at the University of Nigeria and Grace Ifeoma the university’s first female registrar.
Adichie studied medicine and pharmacy at the University of Nigeria for a year and a half. At the age of 19, Adichie left Nigeria for the United States to study communications and political science at Drexel University in Philadelphia.
In 2008, she received a Master of Arts degree in African studies from Yale University.
Her first novel, “Purple Hibiscus” (2003), received wide critical acclaim; it was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction (2004) and was awarded the Commonwealth Writers’ Prizefor Best First Book (2005).
Her second novel, “Half of a Yellow Sun”, received the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award. The novel was adapted into a film of the same title directed by Biyi Bandele, starring BAFTA winner and Academy Award nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor and BAFTA award-winner Thandie Newton, and was released in 2014.
Her third novel, Americanah (2013), was selected by the New York Times as one of The 10 Best Books of 2013.
Here’s celebrating 38 year old distinguished author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie!