Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, born to an Igbo family, she grew up in Nsukka, Nigeria with her 5 siblings – with her being 5th youngest.
Both her parents worked at the university, her mother being the first female registrar there, and her childhood home was once the home of Nigerian novelist Chinua Achebe’s.

When she was 19 she left Nigeria to study communications and political science at Drexel University in Philadelphia. Before arriving in the USA, the colour of her skin had never been an identifying feature her, but as race, as an idea, became something that she had to navigate and learn, she was confronted with what it meant to be black in the USA. A subject that can be found in many of her novels, and is especially prominent and dealt with in her 2013 novel Americanah.

Not surprising, Chinua Achebe was her original and initial inspiration to writing after reading his novel Things Fall Apart, at the age of 10. She has said she was inspired by seeing her own life represented in the pages of his book; something she is now passing on to new readers through her own books.

After initially writing poetry, and having her poetry collection Decisions published in 1997, she wrote the play For Love of Biafra in 1998. Followed by several short stories published in literary journals, and she went on winning various writing competitions. 
Her first novel, published in 2003, was  Purple Hibiscus; which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award. Soon followed by Half of a Yellow Sun in 2006, which won the Orange Prize, was a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist and a New York Times Notable Book. Her maybe best known novel is the powerful story about love, race and identity; her 2013 novel Americanah, which won the National Book Critics Circle Award and was named one of The New York Times Top Ten Best Books of 2013. She was voted the Women’s Prize Winner of Winners in November 2020 and her work has been translated into over thirty languages and has appeared in various publications, including The New Yorker and the Financial Times. 

In her 2009 TED Talk, The Danger of A Single Story, she talks about how she found her authentic cultural voice, and warns that if we hear only a single story about another person or country, we risk a critical misunderstanding. Her talk is one of the 24 most viewed TED Talks of all times. Her second TED Talk in 2012, We Should All Be Feminists, started a worldwide conversation about feminism and was published as a book in 2014. 

Her most recent physical book, Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions,  contains practical advice and goes right to the heart of sexual politics in the 21st century. 

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, divides her time between Nigeria, where she regularly teaches writing workshops, and the United States. 

You can’t write a script in your mind and then force yourself to follow it. You have to let yourself be.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Purple Hibiscus

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When Nigeria begins to fall apart under a military coup, Kambili’s father, involved in mysterious ways with the unfolding political crisis, sends Kambili and her brother away to their aunt’s. Here she discovers love and a life – dangerous and heathen – beyond the confines of her father’s authority.

Half of a Yellow Sun

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Set in Nigeria during the 1960s, this novel contains three main characters who get swept up in the violence during these turbulent years. It is about Africa, about the end of colonialism, about class and race, and the ways in which love can complicate these things.

The Thing Around Your Neck

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The stories in this collection from Orange-Prize winner Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie straddle the cultures of Nigeria and the West. Her characters battle with the responsibilities of modern life, a world in which identity is too often compromised.

Americanah

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From the award-winning author of ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’, a powerful story of love, race and identity. As teenagers in Lagos, Ifemelu and Obinze fall in love. Their Nigeria is under military dictatorship, and people are fleeing the country if they can. The self-assured Ifemelu departs for America. There she suffers defeats and triumphs, finds and loses relationships, all the while feeling the weight of something she never thought of back home: race.

We Should All Be Feminists

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What does ‘feminism’ mean today? That is the question at the heart of this personal, eloquently-argued essay by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the award-winning author of ‘Americanah’ and ‘Half of a Yellow Sun’.

Dear Ijeawele: a feminist manifesto in fifteen suggestions

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Adichie replies by letter to a friend’s request for help on how to bring up her newborn baby girl as a feminist. With its 15 pieces of practical advice, the text goes right to the heart of sexual politics in the 21st century.

The Arrangements: A Work of Fiction

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From one of our greatest writers, a short story about today’s befuddling political climate, an imaginary account of a day in the life of Melania Trump and a fictional glimpse into the lives of the strange family residing in Trump Tower.

Racism should never have happened and so you don’t get a cookie for reducing it.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Americanah

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