Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Best selling, critically acclaimed Nigerian author, MacArthur Genius Grant recipient
"Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, born 15 September 1977, is a Nigerian writer of novels, short stories, and nonfiction. In 2008 she was awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant. 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"...
She received a bachelor's degree from Eastern Connecticut State University, with the distinction of summa cum laude in 2001. In 2003, she completed a master's degree in creative writing at Johns Hopkins University. In 2008, she received a Master of Arts degree in African studies from Yale University. Adichie was a Hodder fellow at Princeton University during the 2005–06 academic year. In 2008 she was awarded a MacArthur Fellowship. She was also awarded a 2011–12 fellowship by the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.
Adichie divides her time between Nigeria, where she teaches writing workshops, and the United States. In 2016 she was conferred an honorary degree - Doctor of Humane letters, honoris causa, by Johns Hopkins University. In 2017 she was conferred honorary degrees - Doctor of Humane letters, honoris causa, by Haverford College, and The University of Edinburgh." (1)
Known for her two TED talks (one of which is featured in Beyoncé's ***flawless), Adichie is a Nigerian author giving voice to both women across the African continent, as well as women throughout the rest of their world. Adichie's TED talks leave watchers in tears, and her books do the same. She's a recurring contributor to New Yorker magazine, and
Americanah, Adichie's most acclaimed novel, "tells the story of a young Nigerian woman, Ifemelu, who emigrates to the United States to attend university. The novel traces Ifemelu's life in both countries, threaded by her love story with high school classmate Obinze." (2) Featured below are her two TED talks, her speech at the Commonwealth Lectures, various interviews with her, and her six published works.
Read her contributions to the New Yorker here.