Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

1977 - Today

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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ( ; born 15 September 1977) is a Nigerian writer and public speaker who is regarded as a central figure in postcolonial feminist literature. She is the author of the award-winning novels Purple Hibiscus (2003), Half of a Yellow Sun (2006) and Americanah (2013). Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has received more than 4,323,904 page views. Her biography is available in 69 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 64 in 2019). Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is the 3,931st most popular writer (down from 3,394th in 2019), the 28th most popular biography from Nigeria (down from 19th in 2019) and the 5th most popular Nigerian Writer.

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Notable Works

The Thing Around Your Neck
Nigeria in fiction, Fiction, Short stories, Nigerian (English)
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie burst onto the literary scene with her remarkable debut novel, Purple Hibiscus, which critics hailed as "one of the best novels to come out of Africa in years" (Baltimore Sun), with "prose as lush as the Nigerian landscape that it powerfully evokes" (The Boston Globe); The Washington Post called her "the twenty-first-century daughter of Chinua Achebe." Her award-winning Half of a Yellow Sun became an instant classic upon its publication three years later, once again putting her tremendous gifts--graceful storytelling, knowing compassion, and fierce insight into her characters' hearts--on display. Now, in her most intimate and seamlessly crafted work to date, Adichie turns her penetrating eye on not only Nigeria but America, in twelve dazzling stories that explore the ties that bind men and women, parents and children, Africa and the United States.In "A Private Experience," a medical student hides from a violent riot with a poor Muslim woman whose dignity and faith force her to confront the realities and fears she's been pushing away. In "Tomorrow is Too Far," a woman unlocks the devastating secret that surrounds her brother's death. The young mother at the center of "Imitation" finds her comfortable life in Philadelphia threatened when she learns that her husband has moved his mistress into their Lagos home. And the title story depicts the choking loneliness of a Nigerian girl who moves to an America that turns out to be nothing like the country she expected; though falling in love brings her desires nearly within reach, a death in her homeland forces her to reexamine them.Searing and profound, suffused with beauty, sorrow, and longing, these stories map, with Adichie's signature emotional wisdom, the collision of two cultures and the deeply human struggle to reconcile them. The Thing Around Your Neck is a resounding confirmation of the prodigious literary powers of one of our most essential writers.From the Hardcover edition.
Half of a Yellow Sun
literary fiction, historical fiction, political fiction
With effortless grace, celebrated author Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie illuminates a seminal moment in modern African history: Biafra's impassioned struggle to establish an independent republic in southeastern Nigeria during the late 1960s. We experience this tumultuous decade alongside five unforgettable characters: Ugwu, a thirteen-year-old houseboy who works for Odenigbo, a university professor full of revolutionary zeal; Olanna, the professor’s beautiful young mistress who has abandoned her life in Lagos for a dusty town and her lover’s charm; and Richard, a shy young Englishman infatuated with Olanna’s willful twin sister Kainene. Half of a Yellow Sun is a tremendously evocative novel of the promise, hope, and disappointment of the Biafran war.
Blauer Hibiskus
Children of the rich in fiction, Coups d'état, Religious fanaticism in fiction
"Fifteen-year-old Kambili’s world is circumscribed by the high walls and frangipani trees of her family compound. Her wealthy Catholic father, under whose shadow Kambili lives, while generous and politically active in the community, is repressive and fanatically religious at home. When Nigeria begins to fall apart under a military coup, Kambili’s father sends her and her brother away to stay with their aunt, a University professor, whose house is noisy and full of laughter. There, Kambili and her brother discover a life and love beyond the confines of their father’s authority. The visit will lift the silence from their world and, in time, give rise to devotion and defiance that reveal themselves in profound and unexpected ways. This is a book about the promise of freedom; about the blurred lines between childhood and adulthood; between love and hatred, between the old gods and the new."--
Nigerians, Immigrants, Refugees
Ifemelu and Obinze are young and in love when they depart military-ruled Nigeria for the West. Beautiful, self-assured Ifemelu heads for America, where despite her academic success, she is forced to grapple with what it means to be black for the first time. Quiet, thoughtful Obinze had hoped to join her, but with post-9/11 America closed to him, he instead plunges into a dangerous, undocumented life in London. Fifteen years later, they reunite in a newly democratic Nigeria, and reignite their passion—for each other and for their homeland. ([source][1]) [1]: https://www.chimamanda.com/book/americanah/
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Purple hibiscus
igbo, religion, nigeria
Novel about an Igbo family that headed by a oppressive, fanatic catholic devout, narrated by his daughter Kambili. The novel also touches on corruption in the Nigeria.


Among writers, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ranks 3,931 out of 7,302Before her are Max Lange, Humayun Ahmed, Dževad Karahasan, Jędrzej Śniadecki, Petko Slaveykov, and Betti Alver. After her are Iraj Mirza, Vasily Trediakovsky, Christiane Amanpour, Pedro Juan Gutiérrez, Francisco Coloane, and Aleksei Kruchyonykh.

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Among people born in 1977, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ranks 66Before her are Maniche, Kelly Reilly, John Mayer, Christian Abbiati, Matt Bomer, and Caterina Murino. After her are Andreas Kaplan, Zachary Quinto, Ronan Keating, Alex, Annie Wersching, and Hakan Yakin.

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In Nigeria

Among people born in Nigeria, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ranks 28 out of 309Before her are Victor Osimhen (1998), Nwankwo Kanu (1976), Nana Asmaʼu (1793), Tijani Babangida (1973), Ibrahim Babangida (1941), and Shehu Shagari (1925). After her are Yakubu Gowon (1934), Tony Allen (1940), C. Odumegwu Ojukwu (1933), Murtala Mohammed (1938), Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala (1954), and Nnamdi Azikiwe (1904).

Among WRITERS In Nigeria

Among writers born in Nigeria, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ranks 5Before her are Wole Soyinka (1934), Chinua Achebe (1930), Olaudah Equiano (1745), and Amos Tutuola (1920). After her are Buchi Emecheta (1944), Flora Nwapa (1931), Ben Okri (1959), Cyprian Ekwensi (1921), Okwui Enwezor (1963), Chris Abani (1966), and Sefi Atta (1964).