Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Nigeria. Her debut novel Purple Hibiscus won the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize and the Hurston/ Wright Legacy Award, and her second novel Half of a Yellow Sun won the Orange Prize and was a finalist for the National Book Critics Circle Award. The Thing Around Your Neck, her collection of stories, was shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best Book in Africa, and Americanah, her third novel, won the National Book Critics Circle Award.
The recipient of a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship, she was named one of the twenty most important fiction writers today under 40 years old by The New Yorker. A transcript of her TED talk, ‘We Should All Be Feminists’ was released by Vintage to global acclaim.
Adichie’s Half of a Yellow Sun was named the Bailey’s Prize’s Best of the Best 2006-2015.
Adichie attended the seventh Emirates Airline Festival of Literature in 2015, wowing audiences at the International Women’s Day Panel.