Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born in Nigeria in 1977. She is the author of three novels, Purple Hibiscus (2003), Half of a Yellow Sun (2006), and Americanah (2013), of a short story collection, The Thing around Your Neck (2009).
She has received numerous awards and distinctions, including the Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction (2007) and a MacArthur Foundation Fellowship (2008).
✦ She first enrolled in medical school to become a doctor but dropped out at 19.
✦ She supports the LGBTQ community.
✦ She was featured in The 20 Youngest Power Women in Africa 2011 by Forbes.