Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Adichie in 2015 Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ( Adichie's name has been pronounced a variety of ways in English. This transcription attempts to best approximate the Igbo pronunciation for English-speaking readers.}}; born 15 September 1977) is a Nigerian writer and public speaker who is regarded as a central figure in postcolonial feminist literature. She is the author of the award-winning novels ''Purple Hibiscus'' (2003), ''Half of a Yellow Sun'' (2006) and ''Americanah'' (2013). Her other works include the book essays ''We Should All Be Feminists'' (2014); ''Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions'' (2017); a memoir tribute to her father, ''Notes on Grief'' (2021); and a children's book, ''Mama's Sleeping Scarf'' (2023).

Born in Enugu, Enugu State, Nigeria, Adichie's childhood was influenced by the aftermath of the colonial rule, and the Nigerian Civil War which took the lives of both of her grandfathers. The war was the setting for her first novel and the subject of her second. Most of her works explore the themes of religion, Americanization, immigration, racism, gender, marriage, motherhood and womanhood. She was educated at the University of Nigeria, and moved to the United States at nineteen to complete her education at Drexel University. By 2008 she would study in three universities; Eastern Connecticut State University, Johns Hopkins University, and Yale University. She first published the poetry collection ''Decisions'' in 1997, which was followed by a play, ''For Love of Biafra'', in 1998. In less than ten years, she published eight books: novels, poems, book essays and collections, memoirs, children's books, reviews and short stories. Adichie has cited Chinua Achebe, Buchi Emecheta, Enid Blyton and other authors as inspirations. Her style juxtaposes Western and African influences, particularly focusing on her own native Igbo language and culture.

Adichie's 2009 TED Talk "The Danger of a Single Story" is one of the most viewed TED Talks of all time. Her 2012 talk "We Should All Be Feminists", was sampled by Beyoncé and featured on a tee-shirt by the French fashion house Dior in 2016. Adichie advocates using fashion as a medium to break down stereotypes and was recognised for her "Wear Nigerian Campaign" with a Shorty Award in 2018. Both her written works and public speaking encourage recognition of the diversity of humanity and the need for equality. She has received numerous academic awards, fellowships, and honourary degrees, among them a MacArthur Fellowship in 2008 and an induction into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2017. Provided by Wikipedia
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