Its Wednesday and we are crushing on Chimamanda Adichie. She was born on the 15th of September 1977 in Enugu. She was born to Grace Ifeoma and James Adichie. Though born in Enugu, the renowned author hails fromAbba in Anambra State.
Chimamanda started her early formal education in Anambra and completed her o levels from the University of Nigeria secondary school. during this period, she was highly influenced by the works of a renowed author; Chinua Achebe. It has also been recorded that Chimamanda once lived in the compound where the late authour resided. After her secondary education, she proceeded to the University of Nigeria to study Medicine and Pharmacy but abandoned the program after a year and six months before which she was granted a scholarship to study communications and political science at Drexel University Philadelphia, USA. After some time, she was transferred to the Eastern Connecticut state university, where she became closer to her sister.
in 2013, she bagged a Masters’ degree in Creative Writing from John Hopkins University. Five years later, she received a Master of Arts degree in African studies from Yale University. In 2016 she was conferred an honorary degree – Doctor of Humane letters, honoris causa, by Johns Hopkins University. In 2017 she was also conferred honorary degrees – Doctor of Humane letters, honoris causa, by Haverford College and The University of Edinburgh. In 2018, she received an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, from Amherst College. In 2015, she was listed as one of the 100 Most Influential People by Time Magazine.
Recently she was awarded Doctor of Letters, Honoris Causa by Yale University and Doctor of Humane Letters, Honoris Causa by the American University. She is the author of best-selling books such as; Half of a Yellow Sun,(which was adapted into screenplay) Purple Hibiscus, The Thing Around Your Neck, Americanah, amongst others. She also has a couple of awards to her name.