The Most Brilliant Woman in the World

Updated on July 20, 2017

Chimamanda Adichie

Chimamanda Adichie

Chimamanda Adichie is an amazing woman, with an intriguing personality. She is an inspiration to children, young adults, women, the society, and the world at large. She is an amazing writer, devout and blatant feminist, and is unapologetic for that!

She was described in the Times Literary Supplement as "the most prominent" of a "procession of critically acclaimed young Anglophone authors that is succeeding in attracting a new generation of readers to African literature".

Early Life

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born on the 15th of September 1977 in Enugu Nigeria. She is the fifth of six children. She is from Igbo, in the eastern part of Nigeria. She grew up in the University compus of Nsukka, Enugu.

Education

Chimamanda Adichie attended primary and secondary school in the University campus, her father was a professor, and her mother, a registrar in the University. She went further to study medicine and pharmacy at the same University of Nigeria Nsukka but left the University due to repeated strikes to Drexel University on a scholarship, to study communications and political science. She transferred to Eastern Connecticut State University where she recieved a bachelor's degree. She completed a master's degree in creative writing at Johns Hopkins University. She received a Master of Arts degree in African studies from Yale University.

In 2016 she was conferred an honorary degree - Doctor of Humane letters by Johns Hopkins University.

Career

1997: A collection of poems "Decisions"

1998: A play For Love of "Biafra".

2003: She wrote her first novel “Purple Hibiscus”, a novel centered on the lives of two siblings; Kambili and Jaja, their not-so-mundane father, and their caring mother. With the life of the girl; “Kambili” more pronounced and complicated. Purple hibiscus was adopted for the West African Certificate Examination in 2012, it is such a fascinating book that every human on planet earth should read.

2006: She wrote her second novel, “Half of a yellow sun”, named after the flag of the nation of Biafra, the novel set before and during the Nigerian Civil War. Half of a Yellow Sun has been adapted into a film of the same title, directed by Biyi Bandele, with stars such as BAFTA winner and Academy Award nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor and BAFTA award-winner Thandie Newton, It was released in 2014. Half of a yellow sun is more than a book; it is an experience, lived lives, and a journey worth taking!

2013: She wrote her third novel, Americanah, a book centered on the life of a young Nigerian woman encountering race for the first time in America. Americanah is a book with interesting, and “time-relevant” themes.

She has also written a collection of short stories "The thing around your neck" and a short letter that was later published in march 2017 "Dear Ijeawele" or "A feminist manifesto": fifteen suggestion on how to raise your child feminist.

Speeches

2009: Chimamanda spoke on "The Danger of a Single Story" for TED in. Since then, it has over five millions views, it questions the stereotypes associated with Africa, among others. It also questions the very reason for African stories been told by the west. It is one of the greatest speeches ever given.

2012: Chimamanda Adichie among other things is a fierce feminist and she is unapologetic for that. she delivered a talk for TED titled: "We should all be feminists." She shared her experiences of being a feminist in Africa, she also said; “The kind of man that will be intimidated by my success is that kind of man I would have no interest in.” This speech also inspired the song “Flawless” by Beyonce,

Danger of a Single Story

We Should all be Feminists

Redefining Beauty

Chimamanda has inspired so many young African women with the concept of redefining beauty, when it comes to our hair! She has gotten many saying; No to perms, No to relaxers (and its burns). Yes! to our curly, kinky, and beautiful hair! This movement is among other things, relevant. It is one thing to say a thing, and it is another to actually do it. Chimamanda has not only opened our eyes to see the beauty of our hair with her words, but also with her actions. She wears her hair in various fabulous ways and looks stunning while doing so. Imean, who defines what is beautiful?

Marital LIfe

Chimamanda is married to Ivara isege, a British-Nigerian, and they have a daughter.

Buy Naija to Grow the Naira

Recently on her facebook page, she declared her new move, which was wearing mostly clothes made in Nigeria as a bid to propagate the idea of; "Buy Naija to grow the Naira"

Made in Naija (Nigeria) Clothes

Awards and Noninations

Chimamanda has recieved awrads, too humerous to mention, she won the BBc measuring competition in 2002 and also the David T Wong international short story prize. She also won the O Henry prize, the houston Wright legacy prize, the commonwealth writers prize, the national critics center award, and so much more. She has gotten so many mentions, recognitioins and nominations. Her brilliance is unworldly!

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      Nomso Ruby 11 months ago

      Chimamanda makes me proud to be Igbo

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      Amaya Amani 13 months ago

      I really misunderstood the meaning of feminism as a young Nigerian girl growing up in the UK. I thought Africans were not permitted (so to say) to be feminists, so that is why Chimamanda overwhelms me. I can sy to anyone now; I am a feminist without feeling stupid.

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      Tammy 13 months ago

      A pace setter indeed. Chimamanda is the future!

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