Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | One of The New York Times’s Ten Best Books of 2013

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie | One of The New York Times’s Ten Best Books of 2013

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a well-known writer born and raised in Nigeria.

She now write novels as well as short stories and infuses stories about Nigerian history as well as her personal stories in most of her work.

This famous, award-winning author is in the spotlight for the excellent, high quality work that she has exhibited as well as allowing her authentic self to shine through the writings that we all have come to enjoy and cherish.

How it All Started

Growing up in a family with six children, Chimamanda originally studied medicine and science, but while at University, she was the editor The Compass, the school’s journal that focused on the topics that was geared towards medical students.

In doing this, she discovered her passion and love for creative writing.

She quickly moved on to learn about it in great detail while studying at John Hopkins University. She also draws from her education at Eastern Connecticut State University; studying creative writing as her field of study.

Throughout this time, she honed her craft and started sending submissions to different publications such as magazines and entering contests, wherever she thought her work could gain an audience.

Critics and Works About Feminism

In her pieces, some critics speak about her work centering on feminism. She welcomes this interpretation because feminism is a very important cause to her that undoubtedly makes its way into her writing.

Some of Chimamanda’s best-known pieces are:

  • Purple Hibiscus,
  • Half of a Yellow Sun, and
  • Americanah.

These are all books that combine themes of feminism and Nigeria, two themes that are very important to her.

The books have all been well received and have earned her many awards for the work that she has done.
Chimamanda’s notable awards to name a few are BBC Short Story Competition (for her piece “That Harmattan Morning”), the David T. Wong International Short Story Price for “Half of a Yellow Sun”, the O. Henry Prize for “The American Embassy”, and the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for the best first book.

There are too many awesome works to list here, and this short list of awards speak highly to her talent and dedication to the craft.

The Appreciated Works Extend Beyond Feminism

Her books are widely read and equally appreciated, so it is easy to see why her work earn the awards they do.

Authors are important in any culture.

They are our gateway to faraway lands, unfulfilled dreams, people that we may never meet in person and a host of different reasons for many others.

Chimamanda’s work extends beyond herself and Nigeria, it has touched the lives of those that have read her books to inspire, motivate, spark and give hope.

She brings foreign readers and introduces them to the complex web of her Nigerian ancestry by sharing it through her characters.

Living a Life of Normalcy and Balance

Chimamanda is happily married and travels between her life here in the US and Nigeria.

She always wants to stay true to her roots, as well as, develop a new and fulfilling life for herself in the United States.

There, she continues to inspire and enlighten readers from all walks of life.

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