Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie
In celebration of Africa Day on the 25th May, this week MCA are highlighting the achievements of inspiring young Africans who are having a global impact in their field:
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Nigeria in 1977. She was a Hodder fellow at Princeton University and earned an MA in African Studies from Yale University in 2008.
Chimamanda has received numerous awards and distinctions, including the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction (2007) and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (2008) and her works have been translated into over 30 languages. In 2011-2012, Chimamanda finalised her third novel, Americanah. The book was released to great critical acclaim in 2013.
“Many stories matter. Stories have been used to dispossess and to malign. But stories can also be used to empower, and to humanize. Stories can break the dignity of a people. But stories can also repair that broken dignity.”
Her new book, Notes on Grief, is due to be published in May 2021 by Fourth Estate.