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Chimamanda Adichie Named The Most Influential Woman In Africa

Chimamanda Adichie

Chimamanda Adichie

Popular author, Chimamanda Adichie has been named as the most influential women in Africa by Forbes.

Their recent list was released recently during a summit in South Africa.

Famous actress, Lupita Nyong’o also made the list from the entertainment field.

Forbes added that the list will be the first African compilation that concentrated on several sectors like business, politics, media, science, sports, and public life.

Other renowned personalities in the list were Yvonne Chaka Chaka, Ellen Johnson, Fatou Bensouda among others.

Congrats to them.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian writer whose works range from novels to short stories to nonfiction. 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”.

Adichie 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). Her most recent book, Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, was published in March 2017. In 2008, she was awarded a MacArthur Genius Grant.

Adichie was born in the city of Enugu in Nigeria, and grew up as the fifth of six children in an Igbo family in the university town of Nsukka in Enugu State. While she was growing up, her father James Nwoye Adichie was a professor of statistics at the University of Nigeria. Her mother Grace Ifeoma was the university’s first female registrar. The family lost almost everything during the Nigerian Civil War, including both maternal and paternal grandfathers. Her family’s ancestral village is in Abba in Anambra State.

In 2003, she completed a master’s degree in creative writing at Johns Hopkins University. In 2008, she received a Master of Arts degree in African studies from Yale University.

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