Biography Intro: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born on 15 September 1977) is a Nigerian novelist, writer of short stories, and nonfiction. She has written the novels; Purple Hibiscus (2003), Half of a Yellow Sun (2006), and Americanah (2013); the short story collection The Thing Around Your Neck (2009), and the essay We Should All Be Feminists (2014).
NAME: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
DATE OF BIRTH: 15 September 1977
PLACE OF BIRTH: Enugu in Nigeria
FATHER: James Nwoye Adichie
MOTHER: Grace Ifeoma
MARRIED TO: Ivara Esege
OCCUPATION: Novelist, short story writer, nonfiction writer
EDUCATION: At the age of 19, Adichie left Nigeria for the United States to study communications and political science at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She soon transferred to Eastern Connecticut State University to be near her sister Uche, who had a medical practice in Coventry.When the novelist was growing up in Nigeria, she was not used to being identified by the colour of her skin. That changed when she arrived in the United States for college. As a black African in America, Adichie was suddenly confronted with what it meant to be a person of color in the United States. Race as an idea became something that she had to navigate and learn. She writes about this in her novel Americanah. She received a bachelor’s degree from Eastern, with the distinction of summa cum laude in 2001.
CAREER AND PROFESSIONAL ACTIVITIES:
PUBLICATIONS: Purple Hibiscus (2003), Half of a Yellow Sun (2006), Americanah (2013)
HONORS AND AWARDS: MacArthur Fellowship (2008)