Visiting Writers Series: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

Wednesday, March 30, 2022 7pm

625 7th Ave NE, Hickory, NC 28601

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International superstar Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Enugu, Nigeria in 1977. She grew up on the campus of the University of Nigeria, Nsukka, where her father was a professor and her mother was the first female registrar. She studied medicine for a year at Nsukka and then left for the United States at the age of 19 to continue her education on a different path.

She graduated summa cum laude from Eastern Connecticut State University with a degree in communication and political science. In addition, Adichie has a master’s degree in creative writing from Johns Hopkins University and a master’s degree in African history from Yale University. She was awarded a Hodder Fellowship at Princeton University for the 2005-2006 academic year and a fellowship at the Radcliffe Institute of Harvard University for the 2011-2012 academic year. In 2008, she received a MacArthur Fellowship. In addition, she has received honorary doctorate degrees from multiple universities.

Her first novel, Purple Hibiscus, won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize, and her second novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, won the Orange Prize. Her 2013 novel Americanah won the U.S. National Book Critics Circle Award and was named one of The New York Times Top 10 Best Books. In addition, she has written two non-fiction books: We Should All Be Feminists and Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions. Her most recent work, Notes On Grief, an essay about losing her father, was published in 2020. In addition, Adichie’s work has been translated into more than 30 languages. 

She has delivered two landmark TED talks: her 2009 TED Talk ”The Danger of A Single Story,” with more than 27 million viewings, and her 2012 TEDx Euston Talk ”We Should All Be Feminists,” which started a worldwide conversation about feminism and was published as a book in 2014.

She was named one of TIME magazine’s 100 Most Influential People in the World in 2015. In 2017, Fortune magazine named her one of the World’s 50 Greatest Leaders. She is a member of both the American Academy of Arts and Letters and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences.

Adichie is married and has a daughter. She divides her time between the United States and Nigeria, where she teaches writing workshops.

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