SPOTLIGHT: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
Born on September 15, 1977, in Enugu, Nigeria into a family of academics.
Being the fifth of six children, she was raised in a university community of Nsukka.
An internationally-acclaimed writer and public speaker with giant strides both in her home country and across the globe.
Prolific writer with popular fiction and nonfiction books to her name.
Moving on from a few years as a Medical student at the University of Nigeria, Nsukka to bagging bachelor’s and master’s degrees in Creative Writing in American Universities.
She has been awarded numerous honorary doctorate degrees across many institutions and countries of the world.
Her first published work “Purple Hibiscus shot her to limelight, and was widely praised for its compelling portrayal of a family in crisis in post-colonial Nigeria.
She has published many books and won several awards, including the Orange Prize for Fiction, and National Book Critics Circle Award for Fiction
As a public speaker, she has given numerous public talks, including the popular TED Talk titled “The Danger of a Single Story” with millions of views.
A prominent figure in the fight for equality and inclusivity, she has been vocal on the rights of women and men.
She uses her talent of writing to paint a beautiful picture of the past, the present, while projecting into the future.
She is also a mentor and teacher to young writers and has helped to establish writing workshops and mentorship programs in Nigeria and around the world.
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is an author we highly esteem because she understands the power of writing.
Today on TEBEBA Spotlight, we’re shinning the spotlight on Chimamanda because through her story, we see that you can achieve great things through writing and being an author is a powerful thing.
If you have been thinking if there is any good in being a writer or an author, let the story of this great African gem inspire you.
THERE’S POWER IN WRITING. DON’T WITHHOLD THAT POWER. INSTEAD, USE IT WISELY!