The Most Influential Person On AIB This Week Is Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian writers. She was born in Enugu, Nigeria in 1977. She grew up at the University of Nigeria, Nsuka, where her father was a Professor and her mother the first female Registrar.
Chimamanda studied medicine for a year at Nsuka and later went to the US at the age of 19 years, where she earned a degree in Political Science and Communication from Eastern Connecticut State University.
However, she proceeded to Yale University and John Hopkins University where she earned a Master’s degree in correlative writing and African History.
She received two fellowships: one from the Radcliffe Institute and one from the Hodder Foundation at Princeton University for the 2005–2006 academic year. She also received a Hodder fellowship at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute for the 2011-2022 academic year. he received A MacArthur Fellowship was awarded to her in 2008.
She has been awarded honorary doctorates by many Institutions. They are; Johns Hopkins University, Eastern Connecticut State University, Haverford College, Williams College, the University of Edinburgh, Duke University, Amherst College, Bowdoin College, SOAS University of London, American University, Georgetown University, Yale University, Rhode Island School of Design, Northwestern University, University of Pennsylvania, Skidmore College, and the University of Johannesburg.
Aduchie’s works have been translated into more than thirty languages.
Her second book, Half of a Yellow Sun (2006), received the Orange Award, while her debut book, Purple Hibiscus, won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 2003. Her 2013 book Americanah was selected as one of The New York Times’ Top Ten Best Books of 2013 and earned the US National Book Critics Circle Award.
She has given two important TED speeches, including The Peril of a Single Story in 2009 and We Should All Be Feminists at TEDxEuston in 2012, which sparked a global discussion about feminism and was later turned into a book in 2014.
Her work, Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto was published in Fifteen proposals in March 2017.