Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Biography

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

15 sep 1977

Chimamanda Adichie is a prominent African novelist, whose works, written in English, explore gender, race, and class related issues, particularly in an African context. Chimamanda Adichie was born in Nigeria, seven years after the Nigerian Civil War, and she has in her words “felt a deep horror for all the bestialities that took place and great pity for the injustices that occurred”. This context has been a prominent influence in her writing, and was the subject for her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, which was published in 2003.

As well as Purple Hibiscus, Chimamanda Adichie has had two other novels published; Half of a Yellow Sun in 2006, and Americanah in 2013. She has also written a play, a collection of poems, and a collection of short stories. Chimamanda Adichie has received a number of awards for her writing, including the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, for Purple Hibiscus, and the Orange Prize for Half of a Yellow Sun.

While she refers to herself as a storyteller, Chimamanda Adichie is also well known for her activity as a feminist. In 20012, Adichie delivered a TED talk on the subject of ‘We should all be feminists” which explored her experience as an African woman, and related her writing to her views on gender and sexuality.

Chimamanda Adichie is married, and has just completed a year as a fellow at Princeton University. She spends time in both the United States and Nigeria, delivering talks and teaching writing workshops, while still working on her writing.