105 Views

10 Things You May Not Know About Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Did you Know:

1. Her heroes are ordinary women

In an interview with Vogue Magazine When she was asked if she sees herself as a feminist heroine, she said “The real heroes are the nameless women in the market, who are holding their families together. They are traders and their husbands are out drinking somewhere… It’s those women I admire. I am full of admiration for them.”

2. She comes from a long line of strong women

Adichie’s mother was the University of Nigeria’s first female registrar, serving as the head of the administrative section of the university. Her sister operates a medical practice in Coventry, Connecticut.

3. Celebrities are in love with her

So many celebrities love her work including Beyonce whose song, “Flawless,”  included an excerpt from a talk that Adichie gave at TEDxEuston in December 2012. The talk, entitled “We Should All be Feminists,” discussed the way women are raised and what it means to be a feminist. “We teach girls to shrink themselves, to make themselves smaller,” Adichie said. “We say to girls: ‘You can have ambition, but not too much. You should aim to be successful, but not too successful. Otherwise, you will threaten the man…’” Adichie defined a feminist as a person who believes in the social, political, and economic equality of the S*Xes.  Also, Hollywood superstar, Will Smith, is a fan of her work.

4. She is a fashion icon

Adichie’s mother was always very concerned about her daughter’s appearance, and instilled the same value in her children. When Adichie first burst onto the writing scene in the U.S., she tried to dress more subdued in an attempt to be taken seriously, but soon realized that her personal style had the right to shine through.

5. She dropped out of medical school to pursue writing

Following her father’s wishes, Adichie enrolled in medical school in Nigeria, but dropped out at age 19 to attend Drexel University in Philadelphia on a scholarship. She ended up graduating from Eastern Connecticut State University with a degree in communication and political science.

ALSO READ  Chimamanda Adichie Looks Beautiful At Women In The World Summit In New York (Photo)

6. She was inspired by Chinua Achebe

After reading Chinua Achebe’s “Things Fall Apart,” Adichie was inspired by seeing her own life represented in the pages. She once said, “I realized that people who looked like me could live in books.” Using that inspiration, Adichie has been writing about the Nigerian experience throughout her career.

7. She grew up in a house once owned by Achebe

She is the fifth of six children and grew up in a house that was once used by Nigeria’s and one of Africa’s finest writers, Chinua Achebe, whose book Things fall apart she read at the age of 10.

8. Giving back

She’s been organising Creative Writing Workshop annually since 2008 to encourage and help Nigerian youth.

9. “Half of a Yellow Sun,”

Her second novel, Half of a Yellow Sun (2007), which was first published as a short story, has been adapted into a movie of the same name. The film adaptation, directed by Biyi Bandele, features Hollywood acts like Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose and Nollywood’s Genevieve Nnaji. The book is set before and during the Biafran war, and its title reflects the flag of the short-lived independent nation.

10. she doesn’t like to be referred to as MRS

Though she once described marriage as a ‘dangerous’ institution for women; she is happily married to Dr. Ivara Esege, a doctor based in Maryland, United States and she doesn’t like to be called MRS. In an interview with Naij, she said: “Addressing me as Mrs. Chimamanda (Esega), i dont like this at all. So my name is Chimamanda Adichie, full stop”

source: pulse.ng

Get the best viral stories straight into your inbox!

Don't worry, we don't spam

Leave a Comment

Your email address will not be published.

Latest Posts

President Buhari Congratulates Obasanjo For Bagging PhD
Politics
35 views
Politics
35 views

President Buhari Congratulates Obasanjo For Bagging PhD

MT - January 21, 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari has congratulated former President Chief Olusegun Obasanjo for bagging a doctorate degree at the National Open University(NOUN).Buhari, who was the visitor at 7th Convocation…

Why My Daughter Donated Money To Kemi Olunloyo’s Medical Fund – Comedian, Seyi Law  
Entertainment
39 views
Entertainment
39 views

Why My Daughter Donated Money To Kemi Olunloyo’s Medical Fund – Comedian, Seyi Law  

MT - January 21, 2018

Comedian Law and his daughter, Tiwa Comtroversial journalist and daughter of former Oyo state governor, Kemi Olunloyo, was released from the Port Harcourt Maximum Prison, few days…

How I Fainted After Being Robbed By Okada Man In Lagos; Lady Narrates. [Photos]
Shocking
126 views
Shocking
126 views

How I Fainted After Being Robbed By Okada Man In Lagos; Lady Narrates. [Photos]

MT - January 20, 2018

A lady identified as Amarachi Azubuike, has recounted her horrific ordeal at the hands of a motorcyclist a.k.a Okada man who robbed her and threatened to rape…

Singer Simi Plays Chief Bridesmaid Role As Her Mum Remarries
Entertainment
122 views
Entertainment
122 views

Singer Simi Plays Chief Bridesmaid Role As Her Mum Remarries

MT - January 20, 2018

Early this year, there was a viral report that Ms. Jedidiah Ogunleye 'Love don't care' crooner,  Simi's mum will be getting married this January. Ms. Jedidiah Ogunleye and her…

Davido Buys iPhone For Friends To Celebrate The Release Of Umarudeen Kayode
Entertainment
118 views
Entertainment
118 views

Davido Buys iPhone For Friends To Celebrate The Release Of Umarudeen Kayode

MT - January 20, 2018

Dmw Boss Davido puts smile on alot of his crew member and friends Face by even going far to get them an iphone X just to celebrate…

Anti-open Grazing: Why APC Governors Are Begging Ortom To Reverse The Law
Politics
140 views
Politics
140 views

Anti-open Grazing: Why APC Governors Are Begging Ortom To Reverse The Law

MT - January 20, 2018

Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State is under intense pressure to prevail on the state assembly to repeal the antigrazing law, which had become a sore point…

What Could President Buhari Have Told This APC Chieftain That Got Him This Way? (Photo)
Politics
120 views
Politics
120 views

What Could President Buhari Have Told This APC Chieftain That Got Him This Way? (Photo)

MT - January 20, 2018

President Muhammadu Buhari had this man laughing during the dinner hosted for APC Party Chieftains in State House yesterday.

Photos Of American-Nigerian Rapper, Jidenna Smoking Heavily
Entertainment
96 views
Entertainment
96 views

Photos Of American-Nigerian Rapper, Jidenna Smoking Heavily

MT - January 20, 2018

Caption This Adorable photo of Jidenna smoking Heavily Any caption?

Yewande Adekoya Celebrates Her 35th Birthday With Makeup Photos
Entertainment
86 views
Entertainment
86 views

Yewande Adekoya Celebrates Her 35th Birthday With Makeup Photos

MT - January 20, 2018

Actress Yewande Adekoya Stuns In New Makeup photos As She Celebrates 35yrs birthday Today. Yewande Adekoya (born 20 January 1983), is a Nigerian actress, filmmaker, director and…

Why Your Smartphone Can Make Emergency Calls Without A SIM Card
Technology
84 views
Technology
84 views

Why Your Smartphone Can Make Emergency Calls Without A SIM Card

MT - January 20, 2018

If you're an active mobile phone user, you will notice that your phone can actually make emergency calls without any SIM. I know you must be wondering…

PHOTOS: Inside Jubilee Syringe Manufacturing Factory In Onna, Akwa Ibom
Best of Nigeria
79 views
Best of Nigeria
79 views

PHOTOS: Inside Jubilee Syringe Manufacturing Factory In Onna, Akwa Ibom

MT - January 20, 2018

Today the Honourable Commissioner for Information and Strategy Mr. Charles Udoh led print, online and broadcast media professionals to see some of the achievements recorded in the…

World: Cristiano Ronaldo’s Girlfriend Enjoys Playtime With The Twins And Newborn Baby
Sports
93 views
Sports
93 views

World: Cristiano Ronaldo’s Girlfriend Enjoys Playtime With The Twins And Newborn Baby

MT - January 20, 2018

Cristiano Ronaldo’s girlfriend Georgina Rodriguez has shared a sweet snap of herself with twins Maria and Mateo and newborn daughter Alana Martina. Despite having her hands full…

I Spoke To Arsene Wenger About Iwobi’s Punishment After Misconduct- Super Eagles Coach
Sports
80 views
Sports
80 views

I Spoke To Arsene Wenger About Iwobi’s Punishment After Misconduct- Super Eagles Coach

MT - January 20, 2018

Super Eagles coach, Gernot Rohr, has revealed that he reached out to Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger over Alex Iwobi’s disciplinary issues earlier this month. Iwobi attended a…

My Experience At Port Harcourt Maximum Prison – Kemi Olunloyo
Entertainment
103 views
Entertainment
103 views

My Experience At Port Harcourt Maximum Prison – Kemi Olunloyo

MT - January 20, 2018

No one ever prays to go to prison; however, for the popular blogger, Kemi Olunloyo, 2017 is a year that she would likely not forget in a…

13 Steps To Help You Bounce Back From Betrayal
How Tos
68 views
How Tos
68 views

13 Steps To Help You Bounce Back From Betrayal

PH - January 20, 2018

  We suffer quietly through disloyalty from a partner, friend, or family member, but this embeds harmful emotions deeply into our being. Our trust in others erodes…

Residents of Ipoyewa community Laments 15yrs Blackout
General
57 views
General
57 views

Residents of Ipoyewa community Laments 15yrs Blackout

PH - January 20, 2018

Residents of Ipoyewa Phase 3, Adamo, Ikorodu area  of Lagos State have cried out to Governor Akinwunmi Ambode to come and rescue them from total darkness. The…

Friends Of TY Bello’s Throws Her Suprise Brunch To Mark Her 40th Birthday (Video)
Buzz & Trends
72 views
Buzz & Trends
72 views

Friends Of TY Bello’s Throws Her Suprise Brunch To Mark Her 40th Birthday (Video)

PH - January 20, 2018

Nigerian singer, songwriter and photographer, Toyin Sokefun-Bello, better known as TY Bello turned 40 last Sunday, January 14, 2018, and she was surprised by family and friends to…

2yrs After Partial Stroke, Nollywood Actress Iyabo Oko Returns From India
Buzz & Trends
87 views
Buzz & Trends
87 views

2yrs After Partial Stroke, Nollywood Actress Iyabo Oko Returns From India

PH - January 20, 2018

Veteran Yoruba actress, Kudirat Odukanmi Eluyemi otherwise known as Iyabo Oko has finally returned to Nigeria 2 years after she was diagnosed with partial stroke and flown abroad by her eldest son…

Loading...