Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

She is success full thanks to her lyrics which deal with Africa, everyday life things with lots of irony. She is the new singer of soul, pop and reggae music!!!! She is compared to Tracy Chapman. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie (born September 15, 1977) is a writer whose first two novels won literary awards. She is a native of Abba, in Njikoka Local Government Area of Anambra state. At the age of 19, Adichie left Nigeria and moved to the United States for college. After studying at Drexel University in Philadelphia, she transferred to Eastern Connecticut State University to live closer to her sister, who had a medical practice in Coventry (now in Mansfield, Connecticut). She continued studying communications and political science. She received a university degree from Eastern, where she graduated summa cum laude in 2001. In 2003, she completed a master’s degree in creative writing at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore. In 2008, she received a Master of Arts in African studies at Yale University.

Chimamanda is a 2008 MacArthur Fellow. Adichie had her first novel published in 2003. It received excellent reviews and won a literary award for first books. Her second novel won the 2007 Orange Prize for fiction. In 2008, Adichie was a Visiting Writer at Wesleyan University in Connecticut, where she participated in Wesleyan’s Distinguished Writers Series. Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, was published in 2003 and won the 2005 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book.Her second novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, named after the flag of the short-lived Biafran nation, is set before and during the Biafran War. It was published by Fourth Estate in the UK and by Knopf/Anchor in 2006. It was awarded the 2007 Orange Prize for Fiction. Her third book, a collection of short stories titled The Thing Around Your Neck, was published in April 2009 by Fourth Estate in the UK and Knopf in the US.

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Work Result
2002 Caine Prize for African Writing “You in America” Nominated[A]
Commonwealth Short Story Competition “The Tree in Grandma’s Garden” Nominated[B]
BBCmeasuring Competition “That Harmattan Morning” Won[C]
2002/2003 David T. Wong International Short Story Prize (PEN American Center Award) “Half of a Yellow Sun Won
2003 O. Henry Prize “The American Embassy” Won
2004 Hurston-Wright Legacy Award: Best Debut Fiction Category Purple Hibiscus Won
Orange Prize Nominated[A]
Booker Prize Nominated[D]
Young Adult Library Services Association Best Books for Young Adults Award Nominated
2004/2005 John Llewellyn Rhys Prize Nominated[A]
2005 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize: Best First Book (Africa) Won
Commonwealth Writers’ Prize: Best First Book (overall) Won
2006 National Book Critics Circle Award Half of a Yellow Sun Nominated
2007 British Book Awards: “Richard & Judy Best Read of the Year” category Nominated
James Tait Black Memorial Prize Nominated
Commonwealth Writers’ Prize: Best Book (Africa) Nominated[A]
Anisfield-Wolf Book Award: Fiction category Won[C]
PEN Beyond Margins Award Won[C]
Orange Broadband Prize: Fiction category Won
2008 International IMPAC Dublin Literary Award Herself Nominated
Reader’s Digest Author of the Year Award Won
Future Award, Nigeria: Young Person of the Year category[53] Won
MacArthur Foundation Genius Grant[54] Won
2009 International Nonino Prize[55] Won
Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award The Thing Around Your Neck Nominated[D]
John Llewellyn Rhys Prize Nominated[A]
2010 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize: Best Book (Africa) Nominated[A]
Dayton Literary Peace Prize Nominated[B]
2011 ThisDay Awards: “New Champions for an Enduring Culture” category Herself Nominated
2013 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize: Fiction category Americanah Won
National Book Critics Circle Award: Fiction category[56][57][58] Won
2014 Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction[59] Nominated[A]
Andrew Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction[60] Nominated[A]
MTV Africa Music Awards 2014: Personality of the Year[61] Herself Nominated
2015 International Dublin Literary Award Americanah Nominated[A]
Grammy Awards: Album of the Year [62] Beyoncé (as featured artist) Nominated

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