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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
country of citizenship: Nigeria
educated at: Yale University, Johns Hopkins University, Drexel University, Eastern Connecticut State University
occupation: writer, teacher, poet, feminist, novelist
award received: MacArthur Fellows Program, Baileys Women's Prize for Fiction, Anisfield-Wolf Book Awards, Heartland Prize, International Nonino Prize, OkayAfrica 100 Women, O. Henry Award
influenced by: Chinua Achebe, Enid Blyton, V. S. Naipaul
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie ( (listen); born on 15 September 1977) is a Nigerian novelist, writer of short stories, and nonfiction. She has written the novels Purple Hibiscus (2003), Half of a Yellow Sun (2006), and Americanah (2013), the short story collection The Thing Around Your Neck (2009), and the book-length essay We Should All Be Feminists (2014).
In 2008, Adichie was awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant. She was described in The Times Literary Supplement as "the most prominent" of a "procession of critically acclaimed young anglophone authors [who] is succeeding in attracting a new generation of readers to African literature". Her most recent book, Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, was published in March 2017.
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