Chimamanda Adichie Biography, Net Worth, Letter To Biden, Personal Life, Controversies

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Chimamanda Adichie Chieftaincy title
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Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a novelist, writer, and public speaker from Nigeria. She was born in Enugu, Nigeria, on September 15, 1977. Adichie was raised in Nsukka, a town in southeastern Nigeria, where her father was a statistics professor at the University of Nigeria.

 

Adichie received her early education at a primary school run by her parents before moving on to the University of Nigeria Secondary School. She then attended the University of Nigeria to study medicine and pharmacy before transferring to Eastern Connecticut State University in the United States to study communication and political science. She later earned a Master of Arts in African Studies from Yale University and a Master of Arts in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins University.

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Chimamanda Adichie

Adichie’s literary career began in 1997, when she published her first short story in “The New Nigerian,” a literary magazine. She went on to publish “Purple Hibiscus,” a collection of short stories, in 2003, which won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book in 2005. “Half of a Yellow Sun,” her second novel, was published in 2006, won the Orange Prize for Fiction in 2007, and was adapted into a film in 2013.

 

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On 27 Jan 2023 Chimamanda Adichie was awarded was a Chieftaincy title.

The name of the Chieftaincy title given to her is “Odeluwa Abba”, which, when translated to English, means the writer of the world from Abba.

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Chimamanda becomes first woman to receive chieftaincy title in hometown.

Chimamanda Adichie Chieftaincy title

 

Her 3rd Novel

Adichie’s third novel, “Americanah,” was a best-seller when it was released in 2013. The story of a young Nigerian woman who moves to the United States explores themes of race, identity, and love. The editors of the New York Times Book Review named it one of the ten best books of 2013, and it won the National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction in 2014.

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Adichie has also given several TED Talks, including “The Danger of a Single Story” and “We Should All Be Feminists,” the latter of which was later turned into a book. Her writing and activism have earned her numerous awards, including a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship in 2008.

Adichie is now regarded as one of the most influential African writers of her generation, as well as a champion of gender equality and social justice. She is still writing and speaking on a variety of topics, including feminism, race, and the Nigerian experience.

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, Wikipedia Profile

Name Chimamanda Adichie
Ethnicity  Igbo
Profession Writer and activist
Date of birth September 15, 1977
Age 46 years old in 2023
State of Origin  Enugu State
Net Worth  Over $600, 000

Chimamanda Adichie Education.

Here is what Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie has learned:

Adichie was born in Nigeria on September 15, 1977, in the city of Enugu. She grew up in the city of Nsukka. She went to primary and secondary school in Nigeria. She went to the University of Nigeria Primary School and the University of Nigeria Secondary School, both in Nsukka.

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Tertiary Education: Adichie went to Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA, on a scholarship after she finished high school. She started going there in 1997 and majored in both political science and communication. But she changed schools after her freshman year and got her bachelor’s degree in communication and political science from Eastern Connecticut State University in 2001.

Master’s Degree:

Adichie then went to Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, Maryland, USA, to get her master’s degree in creative writing. In 2003, she got her master’s degree.

 

Fellowships

From 2005 to 2006, Adichie was a Hodder Fellow at Princeton University, where she taught writing classes to first-year students. She has also been a fellow at the MacDowell Colony and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University.

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Honorary Degrees:

Adichie has gotten several honorary degrees, including an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Haverford College, an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters from Johns Hopkins University, and an honorary Doctor of Letters from the University of Edinburgh.

 

Chimamanda Adichie

 

Chimamanda Adichie Biography:  Career

Chimamanda Adichie

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In 1997, when Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was only twenty years old, she released her debut poetry collection, titled “Decisions.”

Her play “For Love of Biafra,” set during the Nigerian Civil War, premiered in 1998.

Her short story “You in America” earned her first significant recognition when it was nominated for the Caine Prize for African writing.

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Her first novel, “Purple Hibiscus,” was released in 2003 and was an instant hit.

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Half of a Yellow Sun, about her time during the Nigerian Civil War, was published in 2006. In 2013, a film version of the novel was released.

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In 2013, she published her third novel, Americanah. The protagonist is a young Nigerian man who experiences racism in the United States.

The famous author also wrote “The Thing Around Your Neck” and “Dear Ijeawele.”

In 2021, Adichie released “Notes on Grief,” a memoir about the loss of her father.

 

 

Ngozi is an accomplished public speaker in addition to her writing. In 2019, she gave a TED talk titled “The Danger of a Single Story,” which has since gone viral. The talk went viral, with about 27 million people watching it on YouTube. This TedTalk has been viewed more than any other in history.

And in 2012, she shared her thoughts on “Connecting Cultures” at the Commonwealth Lecture.

A second lecture, “We should all be feminists,” was given by her at TEDxEuston later that same year (2012). Apparently around 750,000 copies of the book version of this speech were sold in the United States.

Beyonce’s inclusion of a quote from the speech in her song “Flawless” helped bring even more attention to the event.

 

At the 2022 Nigerian Bar Association AGM in August, she was a featured speaker.

 

In her speech, she noted that young citizens are finding it hard to have mentors and heroes. She said “There’s need for resurrection. We cannot avoid self-criticism but criticise the government. We cannot hide our own institutional failure while demanding transparency from the government.”

 

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Furthermore, she charged citizens to be up to the responsibility and stop blaming the government for the rots in the system. In addition, she said “There’s need for resurrection. We cannot avoid self-criticism but criticise the government. We cannot hide our own institutional failure while demanding transparency from the government.”

 

Activism

Adichie is an outspoken feminist and has used her platform to advocate for women’s rights and gender equality. She has also been involved in social and political activism in Nigeria.

Chimamanda Adichie Marriage

Chimamanda Ngozi is happily married to Dr Ivara Esegee, a medical doctor and the couple has a daughter

Chimamanda Adichie Net worth.

 

Chimamanda Adichie’s net worth is estimated to be over  $600,000.

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Chimamanda Adichie Books .

Here is a complete list of Chimamanda Adichie’s books:

  • Purple Hibiscus” (2003)
  • “Half of a Yellow Sun” (2006)
  • “The Thing Around Your Neck” (2009)
  • “Americanah” (2013)
  • “We Should All Be Feminists” (2014)
  • “Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions” (2017)
  • “Notes on Grief” (2021)
  • Decisions
  • For Love of Biafra
  • Purple Hibiscus Half of a Yellow Sun
  • The Thing Around Your Neck
  • Americanah
  • We Should All Be Feminists
  • Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions
  • Sierra Leone, 1997
  • Notes on Grief
  • You in America
  • That Harmattan Morning.

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Chimamanda Adichie Awards and Nominations

  • BBC Short Story Competition 2002 joint winner, for ‘That Harmattan Morning’
  • O. Henry Prize 2003, for ‘The American Embassy’
  • David T. Wong International Short Story Prize 2002/2003 (PEN Center Award), Hurston/Wright Legacy Award 2004 (Best Debut Fiction Category)
  • Commonwealth Writers’ Prize 2005: Best First Book (Africa)
  • Commonwealth Writers’ Prize 2005: Best First Book (overall)
  • Anisfield-Wolf Book Award 2007 (fiction category),
  • PEN ‘Beyond Margins’ Award 2007
  • Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2007
  • 2008 MacArthur Foundation ‘genius’ grant
  • 2009 International Nonino Prize
  • 2013 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize (fiction category)
  • National Book Critics Circle Award 2013 (fiction category)
  • Winner of the ‘Best of the Best’ of the second decade of the Baileys Women’s
  • Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize for Fiction)
  • Mary McCarthy Award, Bard College
  • ‘Le Grand Prix de l’héroïne Madame Figaro’ for the French translation of Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions (Chère Ijeawele, ou un manifeste pour une éducation féministe)
  • Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award
  • PEN Pinter Prize, 2018

Chimamanda Adichie Awards

  • Future… Award (Young Person of the Year category)
  • Girls Write Now Awards Groundbreaker honoree
  • Silverbird Special Achievement Award
  • Harper’s Bazaar’s Women of the Year Award
  • Recipient of the Leadership Award during The Women’s Center’s 32nd Annual
  • Leadership Conference
  • Global Hope Coalition’s Thought Leadership Award
  • Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award
  • Everett M. Rogers Award
  • UN Foundation Global Leadership Award
  • Belle van Zuylen Ring Award

Chimamanda Adichie Literary awards nominations

  • Shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing
  • Runner-up in the Commonwealth Short Story Competition
  • Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction
  • Longlisted for the Booker Prize
  • YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) Best Books for Young Adults Award
  • John Llewellyn Rhys Prize
  • Nominated for the 33rd Annual National Book Critics Circle Prize
  • Commonwealth Writers’ Prize; Best Book (Africa)
  • British Book Awards 2007, category ‘Richard & Judy Best Read of the Year,
  • James Tait Black Memorial prize
  • International Impact Dublin Award
  • Reader’s Digest Author of the Year Award
  • Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award
  • John Llewellyn Rhys Prize 2009
  • Dayton Literary Peace Prize
  • Baileys Women’s Book Prize for Fiction
  • Forbes Africa ‘Person of the Year’ Award
  • YNaija! Person of the Year Award

Chimamanda Adichie Nominations for Other Awards

  • ThisDay Awards, ‘New Champions for an Enduring Culture’ category
  • MTV Africa Music Awards, ‘Personality of the Year’ category
  • Forbes Africa Person of the Year Awards
  • New African Woman Awards, Woman of the Year

Chimamanda Adichie Other Distinctions

    • New Yorker’s ’20 Under 40′, 2010
    • Ten Best Books of 2013′, New York Times Book Review, for Americanah
  • Top Ten Books of 2013′, BBC, for Americanah
  • 100 Most Influential Africans
  • 100 Most Influential People by Time Magazine
  • 100 Dynamic Women’ by Arise Magazine,
  • Vanity Fair’s International Best Dressed List
  • ‘One Book, One New York Programme’, for Americanah
  • Fortune Magazine’s List of 50 World Leaders,
  • ‘One Maryland, One Book’ Programme, for Purple Hibiscus,
  • Contributor to Genius: 100 Visions of the Future
  • Best books of 2017 by NPR Books and Audible, for Dear Ijeawele
  • ‘One Maryland, One Book’, for Purple Hibiscus,
  • PBS’s ‘The Great American Read’, for Americanah,
  • Barack Obama’s recommended summer reading list, for Americanah, 2018
  • New York Times “15 remarkable books by women that are shaping the way we read and write fiction in the 21st century”, for Americanah

Chimamanda Adichie Honorary Degrees and other academic distinctions

  • Honorary doctorate, Eastern Connecticut State University, Willimantic, Connecticut, USA, May 2015
  • Barnard Medal of Distinction, New York, USA, May 2016
  • Honorary doctorate, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, May 2016
  • Elected as a Foreign Honorary Member into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, April 2017
  • Honorary degree, Haverford College, Pennsylvania, USA, May 2017
  • Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 28 2017
  • Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree, Duke University, North Carolina, USA, May 2018
  • Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree, Amherst College, Massachusetts, USA, May 2018
  • Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree, Bowdoin College, Maine, USA, May 2018
  • Honorary Doctor of Literature (DLit) degree, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, , July 2018
  • Honorary Degree, American University in Washington DC, USA, May 2019
  • Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree, Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA, May 2019
  • Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degree, Rhode Island School of Design, USA, June 2019
  • Doctor of Letters, Honoris Causa, Yale University, USA, June 2019
  • Honorary Degree, Northwestern University, USA, June 2019
  • Honorary Degree, University of Pennsylvania, May 2020

 

To Biden

Celebrated writer Chimamanda Adichie has told US President Joe Biden that he must not congratulate Nigeria’s President-elect because the process leading to his victory was tainted by very deliberate electoral manipulation.

In a letter on Thursday addressed to Biden, Adichie said the election was not just hit by technical malfunctioning but by well-orchestrated manipulation that should mean that the outcome of the February 25 presidential election in Nigeria was untenable.

She outlined a series of well documented cases of discrepancies and irregularities which the Independent National Electoral commission (INEC) failed to countenance.

According to her, “since the end of military rule in 1999, Nigerians have had little confidence in elections. To vote in a presidential election was to brace yourself for the inevitable aftermath: fraud.”

Adichie added, “elections would be rigged because elections were always rigged; the question was how badly. Sometimes voting felt like an inconsequential gesture as predetermined “winners” were announced.

“A law passed last year, the 2022 Electoral Act, changed everything. It gave legal backing to the electronic accreditation of voters and the electronic transmission of results, in a process determined by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

“The chair of the commission, Professor Mahmood Yakubu, assured Nigerians that votes would be counted in the presence of voters and recorded in a result sheet, and that a photo of the signed sheet would immediately be uploaded to a secure server.

“When rumors circulated about the commission not keeping its word, Yakubu firmly rebutted them. In a speech at Chatham House in London (a favorite influence-burnishing haunt of Nigerian politicians), he reiterated that the public would be able to view “polling-unit results as soon as they are finalized on election day”.

“Nigerians applauded him. If results were uploaded right after voting was concluded, then the ruling party, the All Progressives Congress (APC), which has been in power since 2015, would have no opportunity for manipulation. Technology would redeem Nigerian democracy. Results would no longer feature more votes than voters.

“Nigerians would no longer have their leaders chosen for them. Elections would, finally, capture the true voice of the people. And so trust and hope were born.

“By the evening of February 25, 2023, that trust had dissipated. Election workers had arrived hours late, or without basic election materials.

“There were reports of violence, of a shooting at a polling unit, and of political operatives stealing or destroying ballot boxes. Some law-enforcement officers seemed to have colluded in voter intimidation; in Lagos, a policeman stood idly by as an APC spokesperson threatened members of a particular ethnic group who he believed would vote.”

Of Mahmood Yakubu, the INEC chairman, Adichie said despite promising a free and credible election, hastily announced a winner without investigating reports of irregularities recorded during the polls.

According to her, the elections were not only rigged but also insulted the intelligence of Nigerians as there was no legal action to issues of evident manipulations reported.

“Most egregious of all,” the globally renowned writer alleged that, “the electoral commission reneged on its assurance to Nigerians. The presidential results were not uploaded in real-time.

“Voters, understandably suspicious, reacted; videos from polling stations show voters shouting that results be uploaded right away. Many took cellphone photos of the result sheets. Curiously, many polling units were able to upload the results of the house and senate elections, but not the presidential election.

“No one was surprised when, by the morning of the 26th, social media became flooded with evidence of irregularities. Result sheets were now slowly being uploaded on the INEC portal, and could be viewed by the public. Voters compared their cellphone photos with the uploaded photos and saw alterations: numbers crossed out and rewritten; some originally written in black ink had been rewritten in blue, some blunderingly whited-out with Tipp-Ex. The election had been not only rigged but done in such a shoddy, shabby manner that it insulted the intelligence of Nigerians.

“As vote counting began at INEC, representatives of different political parties—except for the APC—protested. The results being counted, they said, did not reflect what they had documented at the polling units. There were too many discrepancies,” she added.

“It seemed truly perplexing that, in the context of a closely contested election in a low-trust society, the electoral commission would ignore so many glaring red flags in its rush to announce a winner. (It had the power to pause vote counting, to investigate irregularities—as it would do in the governorship elections two weeks later.”

Adichie described as unacceptable the fact that the US state department congratulated Bola Tinubu, Nigeria’s president-elect.

“American intelligence surely cannot be so inept. A little homework and they would know what is manifestly obvious to me and so many others: The process was imperiled not by technical shortcomings but by deliberate manipulation,” she said.

The Nigerian novelist asked Biden to uphold his stance on the need for a true democracy, adding that congratulating Tinibu will be endorsing the illegitimate process that produced him as president.

“I hope, President Biden, that you do not personally share this cordial condescension. You have spoken of the importance of a “global community for democracy,” and the need to stand up for “justice and the rule of law.” A global community for democracy cannot thrive in the face of apathy from its most powerful member,” she added.

“Why would the United States, which prioritizes the rule of law, endorse a president-elect who has emerged from an unlawful process?

“This Nigerian election was supposed to be different, and the U.S. response cannot—must not—be business as usual.

“Congratulating its outcome, President Biden tarnishes America’s self-proclaimed commitment to democracy. Please do not give the sheen of legitimacy to an illegitimate process. The United States should be what it says it is.”

Chimamanda Adichie Controversies

 

Revealing this on an Instagram post, she said; “It was a cover shoot for an international magazine. Or it was supposed to be. The magazine rejected the photos.

“They didn’t want me ‘looking too glamorous,’ they said. And so the cover didn’t happen.

“What does one do with rejected photos but show them anyway, primarily for the vanity-boosting benefits of such an act, but also to celebrate and thank these talented people in Lagos”.

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