Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born Sept 15, 1977 in Enugu Nigeria. She grew up in a big family, being the second youngest of six children. Her family moved to Nsukka, Nigeria, where she grew up in her favorite author, Chinua Achebe’s old house. Adichie came from a very educated family. Her father was a professor of statistics at the University of Nigeria, and her mother was the first female registrar at the university. Adichie followed in the family legacy by attending University of Nigeria, where she studied medicine and pharmacy, and worked for school’s newspaper, The Compass. After attending for 1.5 years, she decided that medicine was not her passion, and transferred.
At the young age of 19, Adichie set out for America, where she attended Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. She studied communications for two years at Drexel. She then transferred to Eastern Connecticut State University where she studied political science. Here she also worked for their newspaper. While attending, Adichie lived off campus with her sister. She went on to graduate ECSU summa cum laude in 2001. It was during her senior year at ECSU that she began to write her first book, Purple Hibiscus, which would later be released in October 2003. Also in 2003, Adichie attended went Johns Hopkins University for a masters in creative writing. In 2008, she completed her MA in African Studies from Yale.
Adichie has written six books, and one published essay, “We Should All Be Feminists.” An excerpt of this essay, performed during a TED Talk she gave, was featured in the Beyonce song, ***Flawless.
Adichie has won many awards for her works, including the MacArthur Genius Grant in 2008. She was nominated for Forbes Africa’s 2014 Person of the Year.
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