The Author

About the Author

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born on September 15, 1977 in the city of Enugu, Nigeria, the fifth of six children.  Her father was a professor of statistics at the University of Nigeria and her mother was the first female Registrar of the university. She grew up in Nsukka, a university town in Enugu State. She completed high school and went on to study medicine and pharmacy at the University of Nigeria for a year and a half. When she was nineteen years old she traveled to the United States on a scholarship to study communications at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She went on to receive her BA in communications and political science in 2001 from Eastern Connecticut State University. While studying there, she lived with her sister who had a medical practice near the university and wrote for the college literary journal. In her senior year she completed her first novel, Purple Hibiscus. Adichie earned her MA in creative writing in 2003 from Johns Hopkins University, and her MA in African Studies in 2008 from Yale University. In between, she was a Hodder fellow at Princeton University from 2005 to 2006. She was a 2011-2012 Fellow of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. It was there that she completed Americanah, published in 2013.

She is the author of numerous novels including Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun, and the essay We Should All be Feminists. Her work has been published in a variety of publications such as the New Yorker, Granta, and the Financial Times. She has received numerous awards for her work, among them a 2008 MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2007, and the 2013 National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction. Her novel Americanah was also named one of The New York Times Ten Best Books of the Year in 2013.

She is married and has a daughter. She divides her time between Nigeria and the United States.

Sources:,,, “Feminism Is Fashionable For Nigerian Writer Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie”, NPR, 18 March 2014,,

Other works by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie



  • We Should All Be Feminists, 2014
  • Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, 2017

Short fiction

Adichie’s Websites