Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
|Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie|
Adichie, Lagos, 2009
|Born||Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
15 September 1977
Enugu, Enugu State, Nigeria
|Notable work(s)||Purple Hibiscus
Half of a Yellow Sun
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie[note 1] (born 15 September 1977) is a writer 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".
Personal life and education
Born in the city of Enugu, she grew up the fifth of six children in an Igbo family in the university town of Nsukka in southeastern Nigeria, where the University of Nigeria is situated. While she was growing up, her father James Nwoye Adichie was a professor of statistics at the university, and her mother Grace Ifeoma was the university's first female registrar. Her family's ancestral village is in Abba in Anambra State.
Adichie studied medicine and pharmacy at the University of Nigeria for a year and a half. During this period, she edited The Compass, a magazine run by the university's Catholic medical students. At the age of 19, Adichie left Nigeria and moved to the United States for college. After studying communications and political science at Drexel University in Philadelphia, she transferred to Eastern Connecticut State University to live closer to her sister, who had a medical practice in Coventry. She received a bachelor's degree from Eastern, where she graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2001.
Adichie was a Hodder fellow at Princeton University during the 2005–2006 academic year. In 2008 she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. She has also been awarded a 2011–2012 fellowship by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.
Adichie, who is married, divides her time between Nigeria, where she teaches writing workshops, and the United States.
In 2003, her story "That Harmattan Morning" was selected as joint winner of the BBC Short Story Awards, and she won the O. Henry prize for "The American Embassy". She also won the David T. Wong International Short Story Prize 2002/2003 (PEN Center Award) and a 2007 Beyond Margins Award for her short story "Half of a Yellow Sun".
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, named after the flag of the short-lived nation of Biafra, is set before and during the Biafran War. It was awarded the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction. Half of a Yellow Sun has been adapted into a film staring Academy Award nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor and BAFTA award winner Thandie Newton and is set for release in 2014.
Her third book, The Thing Around Your Neck (2009), is a collection of short stories.
Adichie spoke on "The Danger of a Single Story" for TED in 2009. On 15 March 2012, she delivered the "Connecting Cultures" Commonwealth Lecture 2012 at the Guildhall, London. Adichie also spoke on being a feminist for TEDxHuston in December 2012, with her speech entitled, "We should all be feminists". This speech was sampled for the 2013 song "***Flawless" by American performer Beyoncé, where it attracted further attention.
Awards and selected nominations
- 2002: Shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing, for "You in America"
- 2002: Runner-up in the Commonwealth Short Story Competition, for "The Tree in Grandma's Garden"
- 2002: BBC Short Story Competition joint winner, for "That Harmattan Morning"
- 2003: O. Henry Prize for "The American Embassy"
- 2002/2003: David T. Wong International Short Story Prize (PEN Center Award), for "Half of a Yellow Sun"
- 2004: Hurston-Wright Legacy Award (Best Debut Fiction Category), for Purple Hibiscus
- 2004: Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction, for Purple Hibiscus
- 2004: Longlisted for the Booker Prize, for Purple Hibiscus
- 2005: Commonwealth Writers' Prize, Best First Book (Africa), for Purple Hibiscus
- 2005: Commonwealth Writers' Prize, Best First Book (overall), for Purple Hibiscus
- 2007: Anisfield-Wolf Book Award (Fiction category), for 'Half of a Yellow Sun' (joint winner)
- 2007: PEN Beyond Margins Award, for Half of a Yellow Sun (joint winner)
- 2007: Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction for Half of a Yellow Sun
- 2008: Future Award, Nigeria (Young Person of the Year category)
- 2008: MacArthur Foundation genius grant (along with 24 other winners)
- 2009: International Nonino Prize
- 2009: Longlisted for Frank O'Connor International Short Story Award, for The Thing Around Your Neck
- 2009: Shortlisted for John Llewellyn Rhys Prize, for The Thing Around Your Neck
- 2010: Shortlisted for Commonwealth Writers' Prize: Best Book (Africa), for The Thing Around Your Neck
- 2013: Named one of Foreign Policy's (FP) "Top Global Thinkers of 2013"
- 2014: Shortlisted for National Book Critics Circle Award, for Americanah
- Purple Hibiscus, 2003, ISBN 978-1-61620-242-2
- Half of a Yellow Sun, 2006, ISBN 978-0-00-720028-3
- The Thing Around Your Neck, 2009, ISBN 978-0-307-37523-0
- Americanah, 2013, ISBN 978-0-307-96212-6
- "Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie". Front Row. 3 May 2013. BBC Radio 4. http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b01s4vfn. Retrieved 18 January 2014.
- Nixon, Rob (1 October 2006). "A Biafran Story". The New York Times. Retrieved 25 January 2009.
- James Copnall, "Steak Knife", The Times Literary Supplement, 16 December 2011, p. 20.
- "Picture of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie". The Guardian. Retrieved 26 December 2013.
- "The Caine Prize for African Writing". Caineprize.com. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie page at abbatown.net
- "Awards & Nominations", Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie website; PEN.org Half of a Yellow Sun, full story
- "''The New Yorker'', June 14, 2010". Newyorker.com. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
- TEDGlobal 2009. "Chimamanda Adichie: "The danger of a single story", TED, July 2009". Ted.com. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
- Commonwealth Lecture 2012: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, “Reading realist literature is to search for humanity”, Commonwealth Foundation
- "We should all be feminists – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie at TEDxEuston". YouTube. 12 April 2013. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
- "Rachel Ogbu, "Tomorrow Is Here", ''Newswatch'', 27 January 2008.". Newswatchngr.com. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
- "'Fisayo Soyombo, "Adichie and the Power of Focus", Ventures, 5 June 2012". Ventures-africa.com. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
- Name Search › (27 January 2008). "Chimamanda Adichie – MacArthur Fouundation". Macfound.org. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
- "African Writing Online, No. 6". African-writing.com. 17 May 2009. Retrieved 30 August 2013.
- "The Leading Global Thinkers of 2013". Foreign Policy. Foreign Policy. Retrieved 14 December 2013.
- Kirsten Reach (January 14, 2014). "NBCC finalists announced". Melville House Books. Retrieved January 14, 2014.
- Admin (January 14, 2014). "Announcing the National Book Critics Awards Finalists for Publishing Year 2013". National Book Critics Circle. Retrieved January 14, 2014.
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.|
- The Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Website (Unofficial)
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, "Quality Street", Guernica Magazine
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, "Half of a Yellow Sun", Literary Potpourri[dead link]
- "Debut novel from Nigeria storms Orange shortlist", The Guardian
- "The new face of Nigerian literature?" BBC News
- Chimamanda Adichie speaks at TED: "The Danger of a Single Story", July 2009.
- Audio: Chimanda Adichie, on The Forum, BBC World Service discussion
- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Commonwealth Lecture 2012, YouTube.
- "Why Are You Here?" in Guernica Magazine, January 2012