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 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.
- “12 Questions for Chimamanda Adichie,” Jane Ciabattari, Critical Mass, September 12, 2006.