Chimamanda Adichie is one of the most influential writers in Africa and her works are recognized globally. She is also considered the no.1 feminist in Nigeria.
One of her novels Purple Hibiscus is in the WAEC Syllabus, which makes her a household name for West African students.
Even in the Universities, her works are studied.
Chimamanda Adichie’s Birth and Early Childhood
Adichie spent most of her childhood growing up in Nsukka but enjoyed celebrating lively Christmases at Abba which she believes holds the most magic as it is family-filled, had openness and innocence, the two hours drive to the village was one of a kind as well, the security in the village those days as a result of low crime rate, there was a fewer population, lesser competition, and desperation.
Chimamanda was an avid reader as a child. She read mostly Children’s Adventure from England.
At 10 years she had discovered Chinua Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, and it was after reading it that her initial inspiration sprung.
We can say that her original inspiration came from one of the African literary giants, Chinua Achebe.
Chimamanda Adichie’s Family
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s ancestral home is in Abba, Njikoka LGA of Anambra State, Nigeria.
Chimamanda Adichie’s Adulthood
As an adult, Ms. Adichie felt that the village has lost its innocence and openness.
The potholed roads leading to the village were now tarred and causing a change in the experiences during those journeys to the village, the church at the village was now different, and lunch was quiet and no longer lively, fun, and family-filled.
At 26, her first novel was published by Algonquin Books, and three years later the second one titled Half of a Yellow Sun was published by and ready for consumption by readers.
It is worthy of note that 19 years after Ms. Adichie discovered Achebe, Achebe’s review concerning Adichie’s fearless novel Half of a Yellow Sun sees Achebe describing Adichie as a new writer who came almost fully prepared.
We can see that Adichie had a promising and fulfilling career already!
Chimamanda Adichie’s Education
University of Nigeria Secondary School, Nsukka is where Chimamanda received her secondary school education.
Chimamanda studied Medicine & Pharmacy at the University of Nigeria for a year & a half before she got a scholarship to study Communication at Drexel University, Philadelphia and after two years she proceeded to Eastern Connecticut State University where she studied Communications and Political Science.
Her Master’s Degree in Creative Writing came from Hopkins University and following that is her study of African History at Yale University.
At Eastern State Connecticut University where she pursued her B.A degree, she graduated with a Summa Cum Laude in 2001.
She has some Honorary Doctorates to her name among which are Doctor of Humane Letters from the College of Arts and Sciences of the American University, Washington DC, Georgetown University, Yale University, New Haven, which she received in a span of 10 days in 2019.
Prior to those she had received some Honorary Doctorates Awards from Universite de Fribourg, Switzerland ( 2019 ), Amherst College ( 2018 ), Haverford College ( 2017 ), John Hopkins ( 2016 ), and others.
Chimamanda Adichie’s Career
Adichie is considered active from 2003 officially since that’s when her first novel was published. But prior to that Ms. Adichie published a collection of poems titled ‘ Decisions ‘ in 1997 and the next year a play titled For Love of Biafra.
In 2002, Chimamanda was shortlisted for the Caine Prize for her short story ‘ You in America ‘, her story ‘ That Harmattan Morning ‘ was selected as a joint winner of BBC World Service.
In 2003, Chimamanda won the T. O. Henry Award for The American Embassy, the David T. Wong Int’l Short Story Prize (PEN Center Award ).
In 2004, Purple Hibiscus was awarded the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Fiction.
In 2007, her second novel titled Half of a Yellow Sun ( this symbol can be found on the flag of the then Biafra Nation ) received the Orange Prize for Fiction and the Anisfield–Wolf Book Award.
In 2009, The Thing Around Your Neck ‘ a collection of short stories was published which metaphorically symbolizes the mounting pressure Akunna feels living in the United States: ‘ something would wrap around your neck, something that nearly choked you before you fell asleep ‘, Akunna feels as if an imaginary force is strangling her.
In 2010, Chimamanda was listed among the authors of The New Yorker’s ‘ 20 under 40 ‘ Fiction Issue.
In 2011. her story ‘ Ceiling ‘ was included in that year’s edition of The Best American Short Stories.
In 2013, her third novel titled Americanah was published and it was selected as one of ‘ The Best Books of 2013 ‘ by The New York Times.
In 2014, Chimamanda was named as one of 39 writers and under 40 in the Hay Festival and Rainbow Book Club Project.
WE SHOULD ALL BE FEMINISTS was also published in 2014.
In 2015, Ms. Adichie was co–curator of the PEN World Voices Festival.
In 2017, Chimamanda became one of the new members elected into the 237th class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, one of the highest honors for intellectuals in the United States.
In that same year, Americanah was picked as the winner for the ‘ One Book, One New York ‘program.
A FEMINIST MANIFESTO IN FIFTEEN SUGGESTIONS was originally a letter to her friend who had asked for advice about how to raise her daughter as a feminist.
This letter was published in March 2017 and is also called DEAR IJEAWELE, which presumably is the name of her friend.
Chimamanda Adichie’s Marriage
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is married to Ivara Esege. They got married in 2019. Ivara Esege is a physician who specializes in Family Medicine. Mr. Esege’s parents were close friends with Ms Adichie’s parents. In 2016, they welcomed a beautiful baby girl. Chimamanda and her spouse are living happily.
Chimamanda Adichie’s Net Worth
Chimamanda is one of the richest / most influential authors in Nigeria / Africa and her works are recognized, commended, and criticized globally.