Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie: Novelist and Short Story Writer

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Nigeria in 1977 and grew up in the university town of Nsukka. She studied communication and political science in Connecticut, graduating summa cum laude.

Her short fiction has been published or is forthcoming in The Iowa Review, In Posse Review, Prism International, Calyx Journal, Wasafiri, Other Voices and the anthology Proverbs For The People.

She was short-listed for the Caine Prize for African Writing 2002 and was a runner-up in the Commonwealth Short Story Award 2002.

Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, which was released in October 2003. The book has received wide critical acclaim: it was shortlisted for the Orange Fiction Prize (2004) and was awarded the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book (2005).

Her second novel, Half of a Yellow Sun (named after one of her short stories), is set before and during the Biafran War. It was published in August in the UK and in September in the United States.

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