Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Biography & Net Worth

admin October 7, 2018
Updated 2020/12/10 at 5:05 PM
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Biography, Career, Books, Net Worth And More

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie stands as one of the best writers in Nigeria. Read this article to learn more about her biography and other information you may not know about her. She has scribbled a wide range of novels including “The Thing Around Your Neck(2009)”, “We Should All Be Feminists(2014)”, “Americanah,” “Half of a Yellow Sun(2009)”, “Purple Hibiscus (2003)”. This article is about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Biography and other facts about her.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Biography

Chimamanda was born on September 15th in the year 1977, in Enugu State Nigeria. She is aged 41 years old. She is a fiction writer, non-fiction writer, short story writer, and Novelist.  Her parents are Grace Ifeoma, and James Nwoye Adichie and her ancestral home are Abba in Anambra state, but she was born and raised in Nsukka, Enugu State. Her residential dwelling at the time of growing up is said to be the home formerly occupied by Chinua Achebe, the renowned writer.

She is the fifth child of her parents, and her original inspiration grew from reading “Things Fall Apart” by Chinua Achebe at age 10. According to her, she imagined her person as a character in books and realized that people who looked a lot like her could live in books and this coupled with the proximity to the renowned writer fuelled her zeal to become a writer.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Biography
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Biography

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Education

Chimamanda did her high school education at the UNN’s Secondary School, and while there she was awarded for many literary works. At the end of her high school education, she proceeded to study medicine and pharmacy at UNN but never the less only ran the programme for about a year and a half.

During this time at UNN, she was the editor for the magazine operated by the Catholic medical students called “The Compass.”

After a year and a half, she proceeded to the United States to study Communications and political science at the Drexel University (Philadelphia), at this time she was aged 19.

To be close to home even if several miles out, she transferred to the Eastern Connecticut State University where her Sister Uche resided and who at that time had a medical practice in Coventry. Chimamanda states that her sister was a firm support through school.

She stated that while in Nigeria, her color had been a hindrance to being taken seriously as a novelist, but with her entry into the US for college, she was also faced with more trials and had to learn a lot more. Her book “Americanah” describes the ordeals of her time in college.

In 2001, she got her degree at the Eastern Connecticut State University while receiving a distinction of summa cum laude which is a grading system in the US and the highest honor ( that is, with the highest honor)

After this, she proceeded to the John Hopkins University where she received a master’s degree in Creative writing in 2008 and by 2008, she received yet another degree- a Masters of Arts degree in African Studies at the Yale University.

Chimamanda is known as a Hodder fellow at Princeton University which she held within the 2005-2006 academic year.  By 2008, she received a MacArthur Fellowship, which is unofficially called the “Genius Grant” and an award given to exceptional individuals in the creative scene.

She also received another award for a 2011-2012 fellowship given by the Radcliff Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.

In 2016, she was imbibed an honorary degree-Doctor of the Humane letter, (honoris causa) by the John Hopkins University. In 2017, she also received more honorary degrees for Doctor of Humane Letters (honoris causa) from the University of Edinburgh and Haverford College.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Husband and Personal life

Chimamanda is fierce and protective about keeping her family life away from the media. She is indeed married to a Nigerian doctor, and they had a daughter together in 2016. But there was never a tweet about her husband or child, although this information came as some sort of a slip up in an interview with the Financial Times in 2016, apart from that, all information about her family life remains within the confines of privacy.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Writing Career

Chimamanda has done quite a lot of literary works which began with publishing a collection of poems in 1997 called “Decisions” and then a play “For the love of Biafra” in 1998.

After this, she got shortlisted in 2002, due to her short story “You in America” and “That Harmattan Morning” which earned her the Caine Prize and got her selected as a joint winner for the 2002 BBC World Service Short Story Awards.

In 2003, she received more awards for her works ‘The American Embassy”, “Zeotrope” and her work in the “Topic Magazine.”

Chimamanda’s first novel was purple hibiscus and created in 2003, her second novel was Half of a Yellow Sun, and this was released in 2006.

Chimamanda’s third book is “The Thing around your neck” which she released in 2009 and is a collection of 12 stories featuring the relationships between men and women, Africa and the U.S. and parents and children. Her fourth novel is christened “Americanah,” and this was created in 2013.  She has received dozens of awards for her exceptional talent in creative writing.

In 2017, she was elected into the 2237th class of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences which is one of the highest awards given to intellectuals in the United States. The Induction of this process took place on the 7th of October 2017.

In March 2017, she published her most recent book “Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions.”

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Biography
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Biography

Meet Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Husband

Chimamanda is married to Dr. Ivara Esegee who is a mixed-race doctor with Nigerian, British and American citizenship and resides presently in United States ( formerly in the UK). His father is a native of the Abi LGA in Old Cross Rivers state, and his mother is from scotland. However, he lost both his parents in a motor accident in the 1980s.

Dr. Ivara obtained his medical degree in UNN and had to be in the medical field for more than 20 years. He specializes in Family Medicine at the University of Maryland. Just like his multifaceted and talented wife, he is decorated with many awards and recognition.  Their daughter whose name has been fiercely kept out of the media eye is about two years this year and is fast blooming under a well imbibed cultural home.

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Lectures

Chimamanda has delivered a lot of lectures during her time in the Literary World, one of the most widely viewed speeches was “the Danger of a Single Story’ which she gave as a talk in 2009 for TED and this talk has received over 15 million views and is one of the top ten most viewed TED talks.

Another highly acclaimed talk is the speech she titled “We should all be feminists” which was given in 2013 and published into a book in 2014. This talk was also sampled for Beyonce’s 2013 “Flawless.”

Chimamanda Ngozie Adichie Books

  • Purple Hibiscus (2003)
  • Half of a Yellow Sun (2006)
  • The Thing Around Your Neck (2009)
  • Americanah (2013)

Chimamanda’s short fiction   – Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Biography

  • Checking out (2013)
  • Apollo (2015)
  • “The Arrangements” A work of fiction (2016)

Discography   –   Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Biography

  • Flawless (Beyonce feat Chimamanda)
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Biography
Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Biography

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Awards and Nominations


  • Received nominations for the Caine Prize in African Writing
  • Nominated for the Commonwealth Short Story Competition
  • Award for BBCmeasuring Competition


  • Award for David T.Wong International Short Story Prize.


  • Award for O Henry Prize


  • Award for Hurston-Wright Legacy Award-best Debut Fiction Category
  • Nominated for the Orange Prize
  • Received nominations for the Booker Prize
  • Received nominations for the Young Adult Library Services Associations


  • Received nominations for John Llewellyn Rhys Prize


  • Award for Commonwealth Writers’ Prize: Best First Book (Africa)
  • Received nominations for Commonwealth Writers Prize” Best First Book (overall)


  • Nominated National Book Critics Awards
  • Nominated for the British Books Awards: ‘ Richard & Judy Best Read of the Year” category
  • Received Nominations for James Tait Black Memorial Prize
  • Nominated for Commonwealth Writer’s Prize: Best Book (Africa)
  • Received an accolade for Anisfield-Wolf Book Award: Fiction category
  • Award for “ PEN Beyond” Margins Awards
  • She has also received an recognition for “orange Broadband Prize: Fiction ”


  • Nominations for International IMPAC Dublin Literary Awards
  • Young Persons of the Year Category at the Future Awards
  • Won the award for the Readers Digest; Author of the Year Awards
  • Award for MacArthur Foundation alias the Genius Grant


  • Received nominations for Frank O’Connor International Short Story Awards
  • Received nominations for “John Llewellyn Rhys ”


  • Nominated for Dayton Literary Peace Prize
  • Received nominations for Commonwealth Writer’s prize: Best Book (Africa)


  • Nominated for “ This Days Awards; New champions for an Enduring Culture


  • Received for the Awards for Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize
  • Received for the award for National Book Critics Circle Award: Fiction Category


  • Received Nominations for Bailey’s Women’s Prize for fiction
  • Nominated for the Andrew Carnegie Medal of Excellence in fiction
  • Received Nominations for MTV Africa Music Awards 2014 for the position of “Personality of the ”


  • Received Nominations for International Dublin Literary Awards
  • Received a Nominations for Grammy Awards for the Album of the Year for Beyoncé’s Flawless
  • Won the Award for PEN Pinter Prize.

 Other Recognitions      –       Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Biography

  • The New Yorkers “20 Under 40” (2010)
  • Recognition for ‘New York Times’ Ten Best Books of 2013
  • BBC’s ‘Top Ten Books of 2013’ of BBC.
  • Accolade by Foreign Policy magazine ‘Top Global Thinkers of ’
  • News African’s ‘100 Most influential Africans ’
  • An africa39 project of 39 writers aged under 40
  • Time Magazine’s The 100 Most Influential People’

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Net worth 2021

Chimamanda is one of the wealthiest and most affluent authors in Nigeria with a net worth of over $5 million.

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