Chimamanda Adichie, who was born in the city of Enugu in Nigeria, grew up as the fifth of six children in an Igbo family in the university town of Nsukka in Enugu state.
While she was growing up, her father, James Nwoye Adichie, was a professor of statistics at the University of Nigeria and her mother, Grace Ifeoma, was the university’s first female registrar.
The family lost almost everything during the Nigerian civil war . including both maternal and paternal grandfathers. Her family’s ancestral village is in Aba in Anambra state.
Adichie studied medicine and pharmacy at the University of Nigeria for a year and a half. During this period, she edited The Compass, a magazine run by the university’s Catholic medical students.
At the age of 19, Adichie left Nigeria for the United States to study communications and political science at Drexel University in Philadelphia. She soon transferred to Eastern Connecticut university to be near her sister Uche, who had a medical practice in Coventry Connecticut.
When the novelist was growing up in Nigeria, she was not used to being identified by the color of her skin. That changed when she arrived in the United States for college.
As a black African in America, Adichie was suddenly confronted with what it meant to be a person of color in the United States. Race as an idea became something that she had to navigate and learn. She writes about this in her novel Americanah.
She received a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Connecticut State University, with the distinction of summa cam Laude in 2001.
In 2003, she completed a master’s degree in creative writing at John Hopkins University. In 2008, she received a Master of Arts degree in African studies from Yale University.
Adichie divides her time between Nigeria, where she teaches writing workshops and the United States.
In an interview published in the financial times in July 2016, Adichie revealed that she had a baby daughter. In a profile of Adichie, published in The new yorker in June 2018, Larissa wrote, “the man she ended up marrying, in 2009, was almost comically suitable: a Nigerian doctor who practiced in America, whose father was a doctor and a friend of her parents
My mentors in a photograph. Isn’t it amazing, I just love them. I also talked about Oprah Winfrey
summary of Purple Hibiscus
I can’t talk about my literary journey without making reference to one of my mentor and feminist leader, Chimamanda Adichie. While growing up, I came across her book ” purple hibiscus ” it was the first book of her I read and I was intrigued by it.
I have never read a piece that was so captivating, full of humor and suspense. She took my mind alongside with her to Enugu and showed me what actually happened there. I walked in her shoes as I read every word crying at the end of the book.
In purple hibiscus, she tells us a story of a young African girl Kambili who grew up in a religious home where the father was a dictator. He envisioned their life for them, gave them schedules to follow when they went on vacation to their aunt’s house.
Her father is a dedicated Catholic, when he’s son Jaja didn’t take communion at church, he flung a missal at him which broke his wife’s figurines.
His wife, mama had a miscarriage because her husband beats her. In the end, she poisoned him with the help of her maid but her son Jaja took her place by serving jail terms. He told the police that he was the one who killed his father and he was sentenced to jail but mama did her best to get him out of there.
The book talks about an abusive father and ways his wife used in escaping this violence. It also shows the life of an innocent girl who was exposed to another world.
She learned about the religion of her grandfather whom her father detests because he was a traditional man. She also learned and felt what it meant to be in love from father Amadi, a catholic priest.
Purple Hibiscus is set in post-colonial Nigeria, a country beset by political instability and economic difficulties. The central character is Kambili Achike, aged fifteen for much of the period covered by the book, a member of a wealthy family dominated by her devoutly Catholic father, Eugene.
Eugene is both a religious zealot and a violent figure in the Achike household, subjecting his wife Beatrice, Kambili herself, and her brother Jaja to beatings and psychological cruel. Its a must-read .
Americanah by Chimamanda Adichie
It took me months to finish this big volume. I love Americanah, it made me actually want to go to America which I know someday I will visit and live there. As a kid I have always dreamt of living in the states, reading Adichie’s Americanah made me envision myself there already.
This is one of the good things about reading, it brings situations and lifestyles to you. It made me dream and put myself in place of the character, experiencing all they went through.
It shows the life of a girl Ifemelu who went to the states for studies. On getting there she forgets her long-time lover Obinze. She experienced racism and decided to blog about it. the story explores race and how Blacks are treated in the states. it also talks about the romantic relationship between Ifemelu and her American lover.
On getting back to Nigeria, she reunites with Obinze who was already married but that didn’t stop their romance, they had an affair and at the end, Obinze left his wife for her.
The book is very controversial, although I love the character Ifemelu, I have questions for her and I hope to ask her someday.
Other books by Chimamanda Adichie
1. The thing around your neck: a collection of short story
2. Dear ijeweale
3. We should all be feminist
4. Half of a yellow sun
Adichie’s work is a must-read, grab a copy today.
Here is a photograph of Chimamanda Adichie and Chinua Achebe, another great legendary African writer.
Chimamanda Adichie writes on so many controversial topics and one of them is marriage. although so many people tend to disagree with her. I believe that everyone is entitled to their opinion and whatever she shares is due to her experience, stories she has heard or read and she writes to correct all of this in our society.
Africa, especially Nigeria are so much concerned about tradition and customs even when it affects us, we prefer to die there instead of fighting for our rights. Women are seen as objects of marriages and they can’t leave abusive marriages because custom demands or religion demands it’s for better for worse.
A woman can’t talk back at her husband because it is disrespectful, she can’t share her opinion and whatever she says is wrong and the man is correct. Chimamanda Adichie has written to correct all of this in our society.
I believe she stands for women and wants them to search within them, exploring their uniqueness and manifesting it in the world and not only being wives and mothers. there’s more to being a woman than just being a wife.
I could go on and talk about my mentor but I will stop here and ask of you to read her books, and if you have please share your thoughts with me. what do you think of her and her feminist theory?
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