Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born on the 15th of September 1977. She is a novelist, nonfiction writer and short story writer and one of the most prolific authors to emerge from Nigeria. She has been called “the most prominent” of a “procession of critically acclaimed young anglophone authors that is succeeding in attracting a new generation of readers to African literature”.
Chimamanda was born in Enugu and grew up in the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, Enugu where her parents worked as staff of the university. She studied medicine and pharmacy at UNN for a year and a half. During this period, she edited The Compass, a magazine run by the university’s Catholic medical students. She soon after left Nigeria for the United States to study communications and political science. She received her bachelor’s degree from Eastern Connecticut State University with the distinction of summa cum laude in 2001.
In 2003, she completed a master’s degree in creative writing at Johns Hopkins University. 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’ Prize for Best First Book (2005).
Her second novel, Half of a Yellow Sun received the 2007. Half of a Yellow Sun has been 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 book, The Thing Around Your Neck (2009), is a collection of short stories.
In 2010 she was listed among the authors of The New Yorker′s “20 Under 40” Fiction Issue. Adichie’s story, “Ceiling”, was included in the 2011 edition of The Best American Short Stories.
Her third novel and fourth book, Americanah (2013), was selected by the New York Times as one of The 10 Best Books of 2013.
Chimamanda is a vocal advocate of feminism and gave a TEDx talk in 2012 titled “We should all be feminists”. Excerpts of the speech were incorporated into Beyonce’s 2013 song, “***Flawless”. In late 2015, it was announced by the Swedish Women’s Lobby that all 16 year-olds in Sweden will receive a copy of her feminism talk as part of their school curriculum. Way to go huh?!
Chimamanda has proven herself a formidable storyteller and a force to reckon with in the literary world and beyond its borders. She has helped thrust Nigerian writing into the world stage and influenced a generation of young new Nigerian writers who view her many successes as proof that they can make it too. We at Jekalo identify with her hunger for success and for this reason Chimamanda is today declared our #WCW! #LetsRideTogether