For #BlackHistoryMonth, we're taking a look at our favorite African-American female fiction authors -- Maya Angelou
For #BlackHistoryMonth, we're taking a look at our favorite African-American female fiction authors -- Tananrieve Due

For #BlackHistoryMonth, we're taking a look at our favorite African-American female fiction authors -- Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

For Black History month, we'd like to share some of our favorite African-American women fiction authors.

Our list continues with Nigerian-American novelist and non-fiction essayist, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichi (Wikipedia)

She has three published novels -- Purple Hibiscus (2003),  Half of a Yellow Sun (2006),  and Americanah (2013).  Her latest book, Dear Ijeawele, or a Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions, is a collection of short stories. As a young author, she has been nominated and received of so many awards for her writing that we stole the chart from Wikipedia.

That's not to mention:

  • 2010 Listed among The New Yorker?s "20 Under 40"
  • 2013 Listed among The New York Times? "Ten Best Books of 2013", for Americanah
  • 2013 Listed among BBC's "Top Ten Books of 2013", for Americanah
  • 2013 Foreign Policy magazine "Top Global Thinkers of 2013"
  • 2013 Listed among the New African?s "100 Most Influential Africans 2013"
  • 2014 Listed among Africa39 project of 39 writers aged under 40
  • 2015 Listed among Time Magazine's "The 100 Most Influential People"

Ms. Adichie was born into a large Nigerian family. During the Nigerian Civil War, her family lost both maternal and paternal grandfathers and most of their possessions. Her family migrated to the city where her father worked as a professor of statistics at the University of Nigeria and her mother was the university's first woman registrar. She move to the United States to study medicine at Drexel University. She transferred to Eastern Connecticut State University to be near her sister Uche.  She graduated summa cum laude from Eastern Connecticut State University. Her first novel was published the year she graduated from Johns Hopkins with a master's in creative writing. She was a Hooder fellow for the school year 2005-2006, the MacArthur Fellowship in 2008 and the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University for 2011-2012.

Having grown up in Nigeria, she knew about division based on someone's religion, social class, and ethnic division (Igho people). She had never been identified by the color of her skin. She experienced racism for the first time when she came to the United States for college. 

Because of this, she has a unique perspective to look at racism in the United States. She is a powerful advocate for feminism. A consummate storyteller, she is a smart, eloquent speaker with smart and interesting perspectives on racism and feminism. 

Haven't read Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie? We recommend that you read Americanah. This best selling novel has been translated into thirty languages and is in development for a television miniseries, starring and produced by Lupita Nyong'o. It is also highly readable. 


Her TedX talk on the Danger of a Single Story has more than 4 million views and is frequently assigned for college students to view. 



previous entries in #BlackHistoryMonth exploration of African-American female fiction authors

Maya Angelou

Alice Walker

Toni Morrison

Octavia Butler

Zora Neale Hurston


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