Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Biography: Books, Husband, Age, Quotes, Net Worth, Education, Pronunciation, Daughter, Short Stories, Ted Talk

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Biography: Books, Husband, Age, Quotes, Net Worth, Education, Pronunciation, Daughter, Short Stories, Ted Talk

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Biography

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (born September 15, 1977) is a celebrated Nigerian writer and author whose works include novels, short stories, and non-fiction. 

She is best known for her novels Purple Hibiscus, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and Half of a Yellow Sun, which won the Orange Prize for Fiction. 

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s work has been translated into over 30 languages, and her novels have been bestsellers in the United States, the United Kingdom, and Nigeria. She is also the author of We Should All Be Feminists, a TEDx talk that has been turned into a book.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
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Wiki Facts & About Data
Full Name: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Stage Name: Amanda Adichie
Born: 15 September 1977 (age 45 years old)
Place of Birth: Enugu, Nigeria
State Of Origin: Enugu State
Nationality: Nigerian
Height: 1.68 m
Parents: Grace Ifeoma, James Nwoye
Siblings: Uche Adichie
Husband • Spouse: Ivara Esege
Boyfriend • Partner: N/A
Children: 1
Occupation: Writer • Author
Net Worth: $1.2 million

Early Life & Education

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, also known by her pen name Amanda Adichie was born on September 15, 1977, in Enugu State, Southeastern part of Nigeria. She grew up on the campus of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka. She has a sister named Uche Adichie.

Her mother, Grace Ifeoma, was also the first female Registrar of the school. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie also attended school and studied medicine before leaving for the United States at the age of 19.

She is the fifth of six children; her father, James Nwoye, used to work as a professor of statistics at the same University. The whole family resided in a house on the campus formerly occupied by Chinua Achebe.

In the United States, she enrolled and graduated summa cum laude from Eastern Connecticut State University with a degree in Communication and Political Science.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie also has a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins University and a Master of Arts degree in African History at Princeton University for the 2005-2006 academic year, and a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute of Harvard University 2008, she received a MacArthur Fellowship.

In addition to her education, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie holds sixteen honorary doctorates from the University of Yale, Pennsylvania, Edinburgh, and Duke University, among others.

Personal Life

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie considers herself a feminist, and she is also a supporter of the LGBT community. She supported the group in 2014 when Nigeria passed an anti-homosexuality bill. 

She was one of the few Nigerian writers who openly condemned the law. In 2009, she got married to a Nigerian doctor named Ivara Esege

The couple has a daughter born in 2016. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie divides her time between the United States and Nigeria, where she teaches writing workshops.

Chinua Achebe, Enid Blyton, and V.S. Naipaul influence her works.

Career

Under the name Amanda N. Adichie, she wrote a book of poems called Decisions in 1997 and a play called For Love of Biafra in 1998. When she was a senior in college in Connecticut, she wrote the short novel My Mother, the Crazy African. It’s about how hard it is to live in two cultures that are so different from each other.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s original and initial inspiration came from Chinua Achebe after reading his 1958 novel Things Fall Apart at the age of 10; she has said that she realized that people who looked like herself could “live in books” while reading Chinua Achebe‘s novels.

She has also named Buchi Emecheta as a Nigerian literary inspiration, upon whose death Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie said: “Buchi Emecheta. We can speak because you first spoke. Thank you for your courage. Thank you for your art, Nodu Na Ndokwa.”

Other books Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has cited as important in her reading include Camara Laye‘s The African Child and the 1992 anthology Daughters of Africa edited by Margaret Busby.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie delivered a TEDx lecture in 2012 titled We should all be feminists, at TedXEuston in London. The talk has been viewed over five million times and was eventually released as a book by Fourth Estate in 2014 under the same title. Reports indicate that 750,000 copies of the book have been sold in the United States alone.

She discussed her perspective as an African feminist and the role of gender in society and sexuality. To quote Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, the gender issue is that it determines our identities. Plus, she added: “I am angry. Gender, as it functions today, is a grave injustice.”

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was interviewed by BBC News on 8 December 2021, and she discussed the weight of being a feminist icon. She said that she did not want anybody else to define her responsibilities but was comfortable using her voice to advocate on behalf of others. She also defended women’s right to feel rage, saying it’s necessary for change.

Net Worth

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a celebrated Nigerian poet and essayist who has been praised for her incisive and powerful writing. She is the author of several bestselling books, including We Should All Be Feminists and Americanah, and her work has been translated into over 30 languages. 

In addition to her literary achievements, she is a highly sought-after public speaker and has given TED Talks that have been viewed millions of times.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie‘s success has led to considerable financial rewards, and she is estimated to have a net worth of $1.2 million. This wealth has allowed her to live a comfortable lifestyle and donate to important causes, including women’s rights and literacy initiatives.

Social Media

  • Instagram handle: @Chimamanda_adichie
  • Twitter handle: @Chimamandareal

Books

  • Decisions
  • For Love of Biafra
  • Purple Hibiscus
  • Half of a Yellow Sun
  • The Thing Around Your Neck
  • Americanah
  • We Should All Be Feminists
  • Sierra Leone
  • Notes on Grief



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