Africans making global strides: Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie


“So I decided to call myself a Happy Feminist….”

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a feminist of note. A Nigerian Novelist and a short story writer, born in 1977, September 15 in Enugu (Nigeria). Chimamanda has been called “the most prominent” of a “procession of critically acclaimed young Anglophone authors that is succeeding in attracting a new generation of readers to African literature.” This woman has caught the attention of Nunnovation as an African who is making global strides.

Commencement Speech delivery at Wellesley College

World renowned RNB singer Beyoncé Knowles has also felt Chimamanda’s influence, as she used Adichie’s voice on her song titled “Flawless”, released in December 2013. This was taken from Adichie’s TEDxEuson talk on “being a feminist”. On this talk, Adichie shares experiences of being an African feminist, her views on gender construction and sexuality.

Amongst some of Adichie’s TED talks, is a talk on “The danger of a single story”, from 2009.  Her works are remarkable, and she has published a collection of poems, she has a play called “For love of Biafra”, and novels titled Purple Hibiscus, Half of a yellow sun and Americanah. Adichie also has a collection of short stories and the book is titled “The thing around your neck”. Adichie is a profound speaker and an amazing novelist. Her novel “Purple Hibiscus” was awarded the Common Wealth Writers prize for the best first book in 2005 and her third novel titled “Americanah” (2013) was selected by the New York Times as one of the 10 best books of 2013.

My own definition of a feminist is a man or a woman who says, “Yes, there’s a problem with gender as it is today and we must fix it, we must do better.”

Her recent delivery of the Commencement Speech at Wellesley College left us with goose bumps, it is evident that she is one who lends her voice to those who cannot speak for themselves, standing up for the rights of women across the board.

This remarkable woman holds a Master’s Degree in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins and a Master’s Degree in African Studies from Yale. She divides her time between Nigeria and the United States of America. In Nigeria, she teaches writing workshops. Talk about patriotism and a beauty with brains. We salute this literary genius for the work she is doing not only in Africa but the world at large.

This is our very own Queen from Africa and she continues to make us proud.