13 Facts about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie



As part of the Dewey Challenge, Fizzy Thoughts is holding a mini challenge based around lists. The idea is to write a list of 13 facts based on an author or book you’ve read for the Dewey Challenge. I’m planning to read Half of a Yellow Sun soon, so I’ve found the following 13 facts about Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie:

  1. She holds a Masters degree in Creative Writing from Johns Hopkins and a Masters degree in African Studies from Yale.
  2. Her second novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, was named because it is a description of the flag of the short-lived Biafran nation.
  3. Adichie’s grandfather died in a refugee camp during the war, a fact, she says, still made her cry while she was writing Half of a Yellow Sun.
  4. She likes to be called by her first name, Chimamanda, and I doesn’t like anyone shortening it.
  5. She doesn’t read any reviews of her books, whether they are good or bad, as she finds them ‘distracting’.
  6. The literary talent she most admires are Iris Murdoch and Jamaica Kincaid.
  7. Her favourite book is Things Fall Apart by Chinua Achebe.
  8. Her elder sister is a doctor, and she was planning to follow her in to medicine, but realised she didn’t want it enough.
  9. Chimamanda was only 24 when she started writing Purple Hibiscus.
  10. Her favourite time to write is late at night
  11. Her favourite childhood books were the Famous Five Series.
  12. Chimamanda means ‘My God will not Fail me’
  13. She cried when reading Michael Ondaatje’s Anil’s Ghost.

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  1. Anonymous says:


    Thanks for adding me to your RSS :) I absolutley have to start the Dewey Challnge soon.

  2. Jodie says:

    Thanks for adding me to your RSS. I have to start the Dewey challenge soon. Love your bookshelf banner btw.

  3. Diane says:

    I LOVED Purple Hibiscus, and have Half a Yellow Sun to read in 2009. My problem is I am hooked on the new books at the library and seem to read more of those than my own lately. LOL

  4. Sandy says:

    This author sounds fascinating. I first read about Half of a Yellow Sun at Ready When You Are, C.B. James completely loved that book. He needs to come by and take a look at this!

  5. Nymeth says:

    Wonderful post! I want to read Purple Hibiscus this year. And I think I might also focus on an author for my mini-challenge post.

  6. Melody says:

    This is great, Jackie!
    I haven’t read this book yet but I’ve heard many good things about it. I can’t wait to get a copy of it.

  7. Violet says:

    This was interesting. I know quite a lot about her. I have read Half of a yellow sun and love it. I have Purple Hibiscus in my TBR pile too :)

  8. softdrink says:

    Awesome list! I plan to read Half of a Yellow Sun for the challenge, too, so this was especially interesting for me. Thanks for joining my mini-challenge!

  9. Michelle says:

    What an interesting list! I keep meaning to read something by her. Perhaps this year.

  10. I loved both her books and have read a lot of short stories. Online.

    Here is my list for the mini challenge

  11. wyanika says:

    I wonder what ever became of mama and jaja and kambili


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