Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a famous Nigerian author, poet, novelist, writer of novels, poems, short stories and nonfiction. She was born on 15th September 1977 in the city of Enugu in the south eastern part of Nigeria. She is currently 40 years old. Chimamanda Adichie was born as a fifth child in the family of six children in an Igbo family in the university town of Nsukka in Enugu State in the south eastern part of Nigeria.
While she was growing up, her father, James Nwoye Adichie, was a professor of statistics at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka while her mother, Grace Ifeoma, was the first female registrar of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka in Enugu State, Nigeria. Her family’s ancestral village is in Abba, a small village in Anambra State in south eastern part of Nigeria.
Chimamanda Adichie completed her primary and secondary school education in Enugu, Nigeria and obtained her First School Leaving Certificate and West African Senior School Certificate. After completing her secondary school education, Chimamanda Adichie proceeded to University of Nigeria, Nsukka and studied Medicine and Pharmacy for a year and a half. During her studies in the University of Nigeria, Chimamanda Adichie edited “The Compass” a magazine run by the university’s Catholic medical students.
At the age of 19 years old, Chimamanda Adichie left Nigeria for the United States of America to study Communications and Political Science at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She was later transferred to Eastern Connecticut State University in United States of America and stayed with her sister Uche Adichie, who had a medical practice in Coventry University in the United States of America. In 2001, Chimamanda Adichie graduated with a Bachelor’s Degree in Communications and Political Science from Eastern Connecticut State University in United States of America.
In 2008, Chimamanda Adichie was awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant. She was described in the Times Literary Supplement as the most prominent of a procession of critically acclaimed young Anglophone author who is succeeding in attracting a new generation of readers to African literature.
In 2003, she completed her master’s degree in Creative Writing at Johns Hopkins University in the United States of America. In 2008, she received a Master of Arts Degree in African Studies from Yale University in United States of America.
Chimamanda Adichie devoted her time in writing novels. She also teaches writing workshops in the United States of America. In 2016, she was conferred an honorary doctorate degree “Doctor of Humane Letters” at Johns Hopkins University in United States of America.
In 2017, she was conferred an honorary doctorate degrees “Doctor of Humane Letters” at Haverford College and The University of Edinburgh in United States of America.
In 1997, Chimamanda Adichie published a collection of poems tiled “Decisions” and in 1998, she published a play titled “For Love of Biafra”. She was shortlisted in 2002 for the Caine Prize for her short story “You in America” and her story “That Harmattan Morning” were selected as a joint winner of the 2002 BBC World Service Short Story Awards.
In 2003, she won the O. Henry Awards for “The American Embassy” and the David T. Wong International Short Story Prize at the PEN Center Awards. Her first novel “Purple Hibiscus was published in 2003 and received wide critical acclaim. It was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2004 and was awarded the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book in 2005.
Her second novel “Half of a Yellow Sun” was published in 2006. The novel was named after the flag of the short-lived nation of Biafra, which setting was before and during the Nigerian Civil War. In 2017, the novel received the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Anisfield-Wolf Book Award.
Her third novel “The Thing Around Your Neck” was published in 2009. It has a collection of 12 chapters that explore the relationships between men and women, parents and children, Africa and the United States.
In 2010, she was listed among the authors of the New Yorker’s. In 2011, her short story “Ceiling” was included in the 2011 edition of The Best American Short Stories.
Her fourth novel “Americanah” was published in 2013. The story is about an exploration of a young Nigerian encountering race in America. The novel was selected by The New York Times as one of the 10 Best Books of 2013.
In April 2014, she was named as one of 39 writers aged under 40 in the Hay Festival and Rainbow Book Club Project Africa39, during the celebration of UNESCO World Book Capital in 2014 in Port Harcourt, River States, Nigeria.
In March 2017, her fourth novel “Americanah” was picked as the winner for the “One Book, One New York” program, a part of a community reading initiative encouraging all city residents to read the same book.
In April 2017, it was announced that Chimamanda Adichie had been elected into the 237th class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the highest honours for intellectuals in the United States of America.
On March 2017, she published her fifth and most recent novel titled “Dear Ijeawele”. Chimamanda Adichie is currently married to Ivara Esege and the marriage is blessed with a beautiful baby daughter.
Chimamanda Adichie is currently one of the richest and most influential author in Nigeria with an estimated net worth of $5 million.
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