9 things you don’t know about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, Nigerian writer .

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born to Igbo parents, Grace Ifeoma and James Nwoye Adichie on 15 September 1977 in Enugu, Nigeria. While her family’s ancestral hometown is Abba in Anambra State, she grew up in Nsukka, in the house formerly occupied by Nigerian writer, Chinua Achebe.

1.Adichie is married but prefers to be addressed as “Miss”.

It does not cross the mind of a lot of people that this great woman is married. This may be attributed to the strange fact that she never dropped her maiden name, neither did she attach her husband’s name to it. She openly warned journalists some time against that, stressing that it is western culture for a woman to abandon her name for her husband’s.

2.Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie consciously metamorphosed into a fashion icon.

When Adichie first burst onto the writing scene in the U.S, she tried to dress more subdued in an attempt to be taken seriously, but soon realized that her personal style had the right to shine through. She once implied that life in America made her make conscious efforts to create an identity which reflected well in her fashion sense.

3.Celebrities are in love with her

So many celebrities love her work including Beyonce whose song, “Flawless,” included an excerpt from a talk that Adichie gave at TEDxEuston in December 2012. The talk, entitled “We Should All be Feminists,” discussed the way women are raised and what it means to be a feminist. “We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller,” Adichie said. “We say to girls: ‘You can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise, you will threaten the man…’” Adichie defined a feminist as a person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the S*Xes. Also, Hollywood superstar, Will Smith, is a fan of her work.

4.Half of a Yellow Sun

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Her second novel, Half of a Yellow Sun (2007), which was first published as a short story, has been adapted into a movie of the same name. The film adaptation, directed by Biyi Bandele, features Hollywood acts like Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose and Nollywood’s Genevieve Nnaji. The book is set before and during the Biafran war, and its title reflects the flag of the short-lived independent nation.

5.Her heroes are ordinary women
In an interview with Vogue MagazineWhen she was asked if she sees herself as a feminist heroine, she said “The real heroes are the nameless women in the market, who are holding their families together. They are traders and their husbands are out drinking somewhere… It’s those women I admire. I am full of admiration for them.”

6.She dropped out of medical school to pursue dream as a Writer .

Following her father’s wishes, Adichie enrolled in medical school in Nigeria, but dropped out at age 19 to attend Drexel University in Philadelphia on a scholarship. She ended up graduating from Eastern Connecticut State University with a degree in communication and political science.

7.Family of Nerds

After coming across Chimamanda’s family members, we became convinced that brilliance and strong intelligence run in their blood. Chimamanda’s father, James, who is now retired, worked at the University of Nigeria, located in Nsukka. He was Nigeria’s first professor of statistics, and later became Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University.

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Her mother, Ifeoma was the first female registrar at the same institution. Adichie’s grandfather died during the Nigerian civil war (1967-1970) in a refugee camp. The civil war experiences and other things really influenced her life and of course, her writing style.

8.Chimamanda Has a daughter

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie and Dr. Ivara’s marriage is blessed with a lovely daughter who arrived in 2015. Unlike her mother who grew up in Nigeria, Chimamanda’s daughter, whose name is not known to the media, is fast growing up in two cultures and could likely be exposed to slightly diverging social expectations.

9.Her instagram Account is been run by her cousins

Adichie is not the social type for the media, perhaps she has a lot on her plate, than to bother about social media accounts. No wonder she said in a convocation speech she gave to a university ” I’ll always tell my cousins to put the Damn phone down “She has never encourage a culture intwerwind by an addiction to to the use of social media.

Andrew David Omokafe

Andrew David Omokafe

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