Nigerian-American writer, Chimamanda Adichie, an unapologetic feminist who is widely known due to her outstanding contemporary writing skills which centers on African culture, feminism and the Nigeria Civil wars, was born on 15th September, 1977 (today marks her 44th birthday), in Enugu, Nigeria, to the family of Late Prof & Dr. James and Grace Adichie.
As a child whose parents were both workers in the University, she grew up on the University Campus of the Prestigious University of Nigeria, Nsukka. Her African awareness was coloured by the environment she grew up–the University Campus. Subsequently, this properly shapes her understanding about Africa, thus, it is crystal clear in the way she portrays Africa in her works.
Chimamanda schooled in Nigeria and the USA
As a child of the members of the University Staff, she was entitled to schooling in the staff school. So, she had her Primary and Secondary Education at the University Staff School on Nsukka Campus. After her Secondary Education, she was admitted into the University of Nigeria, Nsukka to study Medicine.
Adichie studied for a year and half before she lost interest in Medicine. Due to her lack of interest in Medicine, she not only lost her admission in the school, she also lost her scholarship. After that, she left Nigeria for Drexel University in Philadelphia, to study Communications and Polítical Science–the course of her affection.
In order to be close to a family member, Ngozi transferred to Eastern Connecticut State University, which was close to her sister. In 2001, she graduated with distinction of Summa cum laude.
In 2001, she did her first Master’s degree in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins University. Then, in 2008, she did her second Master’s degree in African Studies from Yale University. Subsequently, Adichie was conferred with numerous honorary awards right from the year 2005-2019 from renowned institutions across the globe.
Adichie Started Writing Quite Early
Chimamanda stated in one of her Ted Talks in Eastern London, held in 2013 that she must have read every single book published before she was 18. This goes to show how much of a reader she was. And every good reader is bound to be an outstanding writer.
After reading Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart at the age of 10, she found the book quite informative and that spurred her into writing short stories, essays and Poem collections. Although she published her first novel Purple Hibiscus in 2003, she has written and published some short stories and Poems.
For instance, she wrote and published a collection of poems titled Decisions in 1997, a play titled “For The Love of Biafra” in 1998, then, a short story titled “My Mother, The Crazy Africa”–which came out as a result of her personal experience as a Nigerian living in America.
Chimamanda’s Three Notable Books
Despite writing for so long, THREE of her books brought her to limelight. These books are Purple Hibiscus, Half of a Yellow Sun and Americana.
CHIMAMANDA: A Living Legend
Today, the whole world stands in awe of a woman who has done so much for humanity. A woman the world can NEVER forget.