Thursday, April 3, 2014

A Short Biography of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


Born in Nsukka, Nigeria in 1977, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is among the first generation Nigerian female writers. Her debut novel titled Purple Hibiscus (2004) is a classic about which several criticisms have been written, both locally and internationally. Regarded as one of the best debut novels so far by a Nigerian writer after Achebe’s Things Fall Apart, the novel has been translated into several world languages including Hebrew, Dutch and Finish. (Anyokwu, 251.) Apart from Purple Hibiscus, Chimamanda has also published other works of fiction, namely, Half of a Yellow Sun (2006) and The Thing Around Your Neck (2009). She has won several literary awards including the 2004 Hurston/Wright Legacy award, the 2005 Commonwealth Writers’ Best First Book Prize and the 2006 Orange Prize for Fiction. Also, Adichie’s literary talent has equally been deposited in other literary outlets such as The Iowa Review and Granta. Again in 2013 Adichie came out with her blockbuster novel titled Americanah