Motivational Personality of the Week- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian writer of novels, short stories, and nonfiction, whose work has been translated into over thirty languages and has appeared in various publications, including The New Yorker, Granta, The O. Henry Prize Stories, the Financial Times, and Zoetrope.

  1. 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.
  2. At the age of 19, Adichie left Nigeria for the United States to study communications and political science at Drexel University in Philadelphia, but soon transferred to Eastern Connecticut State University where she received a bachelor’s degree with the distinction of summa cum laude in 2001.
  3. In 2003, she completed a master’s degree in creative writing at Johns Hopkins University and received a Master of Arts degree in African studies from Yale University in 2008.
  4. In 2008, 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 authors who is succeeding in attracting a new generation of readers to African literature”.
  5. She is the author of the novels “Purple Hibiscus”, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 2005 and the Hurston/Wright Legacy Award in 2004; “Half of a Yellow Sun”, which won the Orange Broadband Prize, PEN Beyond Margins Award, and Anisfield-Wolf Book Award: Fiction category, all in 2007. The novel was also a National Book Critics Circle Award Finalist and a New York Times Notable Book. Her third novel, “Americanah”, was published in 2013, and it won the National Book Critics Circle Award in the same year, Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize: Fiction category, and was named one of The New York Times Top Ten Best Books of 2013.
  6. Adichie is also the author of the story collection “The Thing Around Your Neck”, which was nominated for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award and Commonwealth Writers’ Prize: Best Book (Africa) in 2010, amongst others.
  7. Chimamanda Adichie has been invited to speak around the world. Her 2009 TED Talk, “The Danger of a Single Story”, is now one of the top ten most-viewed TED Talks of all time. Her 2012 talk “We Should all be Feminists” has started a worldwide conversation about feminism and was published as a book in 2014.
  8. Her most recent book, “Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions”, was published in March 2017.
  9. A recipient of the MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, Ms. Adichie divides her time between the United States and Nigeria, where she teaches writing workshops.



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