Birth: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Enugu state of Nigeria (1977) and grew up in the University town of Nsuka. Her parents were members of the Academic staff at the University, which partly ensured her early exposure to the world of academia. She is currently among the highest critically acclaimed authors of contemporary African Literature. Her literary writing is part of a wider style that has served to change the face of African Literature as perceived by the rest of the world.
Education: Chimamanda has a strong foundation in formal education and training. With focus on her attainment of higher education, she studied medicine and pharmacy at the University of Nigeria before moving to the United States for further studies.
>Communications and Political science – Drexel University
>Master’s Degree in Creative writing – Johns Hopkins University
>Master of Arts Degree in African Studies – Yale University
Honors and Awards: The international reception of her literary work is characterized by numerous honors and awards. Some of the awards, honors and nominations Chimamanda has received include:
> Caine Prize for African Writing (2002)
>Commonwealth Short Story Competition – Nomination (2002)
>BBC Short Story Competition (2002)
>David T. Wong International Short Story Prize (2003)
>O. Henry Prize (2003)
>Orange Prize (2004)
>Booker Prize (2004)
>Commonwealth Writers’ Prize (2005)
>Orange Broadband Prize (2007)
>Reader’s Digest Author of the Year Award (2008)
>MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant (2008)
>Commonwealth Writers’ Prize: Best Book (2010)
>National Book Critics Circle Award (2013)
>Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction (2014)
Published Works: Some of the works written and published by Chimamanda currently hold position as bestselling titles in different parts of the world in addition to translation into over a dozen languages. Published titles by the author include: Americanah (2013); The Thing Around Your Neck (2009); Half of a Yellow Sun (2006); Purple Hibiscus (2003).