Celebrating The Contemporary Goddess of African Literature, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie



by Friday Reign

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Chimamanda
Ngozi Adichie, a Nigerian novelist and a writer of short stories, was
born on 15 September 1977 in Enugu. She studied Medicine and Pharmacy at
the University of Nigeria for one and half years before leaving for
United State at the age of 19.
Chimamanda revealed that when she
was 17, she was sexually assaulted by a big man in the media. She
explained how she had written a book of poems and took it to the man so
he would support her in making the book go public but the man assaulted
her sexually. She has since then been very dogged in her support for the
girl child and feminism.
After reading her book “Purple
Hibiscus”, a white American said the character of Eugene in the novel
portrays the slave mentality of Africans and their cluelessness in
parenting. Ngozi replied him “You submitted your time, energy and
emotions to read a novel that was authored by somebody from a race you
call clueless? You are a specific example of myopic thinking”. Even
though Ngozi lives in the U.S, she holds the values of Africa in high
esteem.
Chimamanda is a woman of substance, an international
authority and an enviable personality. She is the author of Purple
Hibiscus, The Thing Around Your Neck, Half of a Yellow Sun and
Americanah. Her books have won diverse awards across territories and
nations; little wonder she was declared as one of the most 100
influential people in the world.
Today, I celebrate the contemporary goddess of literature. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie!