ADICHIE, Chimamanda Ngozi

Born September 15,1977







Gender: Female
Marital Status
  • Married
Name of Spouse Dr. Ivara Esege
State of Origin: Anambra
Father's Name James Nwoye Adichie
Father's Status N/A
Mother's Name Grace Ifeoma
Mother's Status N/A
Number of Female Children 1
Profession Author, Writer
Working Experience

– Foreign Honorary Member, American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 12 April 2017 (inducted 7 October 2017)

UniversityofNigeria, Nsukka; Drexel University, Philadelphia, USA; Eastern ConnecticutState University; John Hopkins University, Baltimore; YaleUniversity

– Winner, BBC measuring Competition Award for “That Harmattan Morning”, 2002;
– Winner, David T. Wong International Short Story Prize (PEN American Center Award) for “Half of a Yellow Sun, 2002/2003;
– Winner, O. Henry Award for “The American Embassy”, 2003;
– Winner, Commonwealth Writers’ Prize: Best First Book (Africa) for “Purple Hibiscus”, 2005;
– Winner, Commonwealth Writers’ Prize: Best First Book (overall) for “Purple Hibiscus”, 2005;
– Winner, Anisfield-Wolf Book Award: Fiction category for “Half of a Yellow Sun”, 2007;
– Winner, PEN Beyond Margins Award for “Half of a Yellow Sun”, 2007;
– Winner, Orange Broadband Prize: Fiction category for “Half of a Yellow Sun”, 2007;
– Winner, Reader’s Digest Author of the Year Award, 2008;
– Winner, Future Award, Nigeria: Young Person of the Year category, 2008;
– MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant, 2008;
– Winner, International Nonino Prize, 2008;
– Winner, Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize: Fiction category, 2013;
– Winner, National Book Critics Circle Award: Fiction category, 2013;
– Winner, ‘Best of the Best’ of the second decade of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize for Fiction), “for Half of a Yellow Sun”, 2015;
– Winner, Mary McCarthy Award, Bard College, USA, 2017;
– Winner of ‘Le Grand Prix de l’héroïne Madame Figaro’ 2017, for the French translation of Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions (Chère Ijeawele, ou un manifeste pour une éducation féministe)
– Winner, Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award, 2018;
– Winner, PEN Pinter Prize, 2018 ( A prize in honour of late Nobel Laureate Harold Pinter), 2018
– Recipient, Thought Leadership Award by Global Hope Coalition, 2018

Commonwealth Writers Prize; Hurston/Wright Legacy Award; Joint Winner, BBC Short Story Competition, 2002; David T. Wong International Short Story Prize (Pen Centre Award), 2002/2003; O. Henry Prize, 2003; Hodder Fel|ow, Princeton, 2005-06; Orange Prize for Fiction, 2007.

Adichie published a collection of poems in 1997 (Decisions) and a play (For Love of Biafra) in 1998. She was shortlisted in 2002 for the Caine Prize for her short story “You in America”

In 2003, her story “That Harmattan Morning” was selected as a joint winner of the BBC Short Story Awards, and she won the O. Henry prize for “The American Embassy”. She also won the David T. Wong International Short Story Prize 2002/2003 (PEN Center Award) and a 2007 Beyond Margins Award for her novel “Half of a Yellow Sun”.

Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus (2003), received wide critical acclaim; it was shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction (2004) and was awarded the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book (2005).

Her second novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, named after the flag of the short-lived nation of Biafra, is set before and during the Nigerian Civil War. It received the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction. Half of a Yellow Sun has been adapted into a film of the same title directed by Biyi Bandele, starring BAFTA winner and Academy Award nominee Chiwetel Ejiofor and BAFTA award-winner Thandie Newton, and was released in 2014.

Her third book, The Thing Around Your Neck (2009), is a collection of short stories.

In 2010 she was listed among the authors of The New Yorker′s “20 Under 40” Fiction Issue. Adichie’s story, “Ceiling”, was included in the 2011 edition of The Best American Short Stories.

Her third novel, Americanah (2013) was published and was selected by the New York Times as one of The 10 Best Books of 2013.

In April 2014 she was named as one of 39 writers aged under 40 in the Hay Festival and Rainbow Book Club project celebrating Port Harcourt UNESCO World Book Capital 2014.
Adichie says on feminism and writing, “I think of myself as a storyteller, but I would not mind at all if someone were to think of me as a feminist writer… I’m very feminist in the way I look at the world, and that worldview must somehow be part of my work.”

– Purple Hibiscus, 2003, ISBN 978-0-00-718988-5
– Half of a Yellow Sun, 2006, ISBN 978-0-00-720028-3
– The Thing Around Your Neck, 2009, ISBN 978-0-307-37523-0
– Americanah, 2013, ISBN 978-0-307-96212-6

– We Should All Be Feminists, 2014, ISBN 978-0008115272
– Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, 2017, ISBN 978-1524733131

– Checking out, 2013;
– Apollo, 2015;
– ‘The Arrangements’: A Work of Fiction

– Honorary doctorate, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, Connecticut, USA, 12 May 2015;
– Barnard Medal of Distinction, New York, USA, 17 May 2016;
– Honorary doctorate, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, 18 May 2016;
– Honorary degree, Haverford College, Pennsylvania, USA, 13 May 2017;
– Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 28 August 2017;
– Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree, Duke University, North Carolina, USA, 13 May 2018;
– Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree, Amherst College, Massachusetts, USA, 20 May 2018;
– Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree, Bowdoin College, Maine, USA, 26 May 2018;
– Honorary Doctor of Literature (DLit) degree, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK, 27 July 2018.

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