Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie – a Model for Self Discovery and Excellence

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s recent award by This Day Newspaper brought about a look at her intimidating profile by Campusaga Media. She is a role model for self-discovery and excellence.

Admired by many,  a role model to many, at the top of her career and known world over, especially in the literary, a distinguished Nigerian.

Who knows if Chimamanda would have been this famous if she were to be a medical doctor? She may be at one corner of the world attending to patients and may be popular in cases of Dr Stella Ameyo Adadevoh Adejoe, the good Nigerian and medical doctor that put her life on the line to rescue Ebola victim, Patrick Sawyer.

Truly, growing, she has every opportunity to excel. What about that? Many had such but didn’t do anything with it. At the time of her early university education, she studied medicine at the University of Nigeria, for a year and a half. Many could have not abandoned their revered professional course in Nigeria to study communication and political science abroad. Chimamanda did and that was her breakthrough.

Ngozi Adichie completed her secondary education at the University of Nigeria Secondary School, Nsukka, where she received several academic prizes. So no doubt she was brilliant.

Self-discovery started early and so her journey into the literary world. During her period as a medical student which lasted for a year and a half, she edited The Compass, a magazine run by the university’s Catholic medical students.

She left Nigeria in 1997 at the age of 19 for the United States to study communications and political science at Drexel University of Philadelphia. She received her B.A in 2001.  She obtained a master degree in creative writing in 2003 at John Hopkins University. She later received a master of Arts degree in African studies from Yale University. That was in 2008.

Beside every successful woman, there is a man. Chimamanda got married to Dr Ivara Esege, a Nigerian in 2009, and they have a child. Her husband is a family medicine doctor based in the United States

There is no limit to what you can achieve once you discover yourself

 

Books by Chimamanda

Purple Hibiscus

Half of a Yellow Sun

The Danger of a Single Story

African Best Stories

Things Around Your Neck

Americanah

We Should All be feminist

Dear Ijeawele – a feminist manifesto

Todos  deberamos ser feminist

Mechanics Institute Review

Many short stories

Awards and Enviable Achievements

BBC Short Story Competition 2002 joint winner, for ‘That Harmattan Morning’

Shortlisted for the Caine Prize for African Writing 2002, for ‘You in America’

Runner-up in the Commonwealth Short Story Competition 2002, for ‘The Tree in Grandma’s Garden’

Henry Prize 2003, for ‘The American Embassy’

Hurston/Wright Legacy Award 2004 (Best Debut Fiction Category), for Purple Hibiscus

Shortlisted for the Orange Prize for Fiction 2004, for Purple Hibiscus

Longlisted for the Booker Prize 2004, for Purple Hibiscus

Nominated for the YALSA (Young Adult Library Services Association) Best Books for Young Adults Award (2004), for Purple Hibiscus

Shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize 2004/2005, for Purple Hibiscus

Commonwealth Writers’ Prize 2005: Best First Book (Africa), for Purple Hibiscus

Commonwealth Writers’ Prize 2005: Best First Book (overall), for Purple Hibiscus

Nominated for the 33rd Annual National Book Critics Circle Prize (2006), for Half of a Yellow Sun

Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize 2007: Best Book (Africa), for Half of a Yellow Sun

Nominated for the British Book Awards 2007, category ‘Richard & Judy Best Read of the Year’, for Half of a Yellow Sun

Nominated for the James Tait Black Memorial prize 2007, for Half of a Yellow Sun

Anisfield-Wolf Book Award 2007 (fiction category), for Half of a Yellow Sun (joint winner with Martha Collins, for Blue Front)

PEN ‘Beyond Margins’ Award 2007, for Half of a Yellow Sun (joint winner with Ernest Hardy for his essay collection Blood Beats, Vol. 1, Harryette Mullen for her poetry anthology, Recyclopedia, and Alberto Ríos for his poetry collection, Theater of Night)

Orange Broadband Prize for Fiction 2007, for Half of a Yellow Sun

2008 MacArthur Foundation ‘genius’ grant (along with 24 other winners)

Future Award (Young Person of the Year category), 2008

Longlisted for the International Impac Dublin Award 2008, for Half of a Yellow Sun

Nominated for the Reader’s Digest Author of the Year Award 2008

Longlisted for the Frank O’Connor International Short Story Award 2009, for The Thing around Your Neck

2009 International Nonino Prize

Shortlisted for the John Llewellyn Rhys Prize 2009, for The Thing around Your Neck

Shortlisted for the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize 2010: Best Book (Africa), for The Thing around Your Neck

Nominated for the Dayton Literary Peace Prize 2010, for The Thing around Your Neck (runner-up)

Listed among The New Yorker‘s ’20 Under 40’, 2010

Nominated for the 2011 ThisDay Awards, ‘New Champions for an Enduring Culture’ category

2013 Chicago Tribune Heartland Prize (fiction category), for Americanah

Winner of the National Book Critics Circle Award 2013 (fiction category), for Americanah

Listed among the ‘Ten Best Books of 2013’, New York Times Book Review, for Americanah

Listed among the ‘Top Ten Books of 2013’, BBC, for Americanah

Listed among the ‘100 Most Influential Africans 2013’, New African

Listed among the ‘Leading Women of 2014’ by CNN

Shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Book Prize for Fiction, 2014, for Americanah

Nominated for the 2014 Forbes Africa ‘Person of the Year’ Award

Nominated for the 2014 YNaija! Person of the Year Award

Nominated for the 2014 MTV Africa Music Awards, ‘Personality of the Year’ category

Shortlisted for the International Impac Dublin Award 2015, for Americanah

Nominated for the 2015 Forbes Africa Person of the Year Awards

Winner of the ‘Best of the Best’ of the second decade of the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction (formerly the Orange Prize for Fiction), 2015, for Half of a Yellow Sun

Girls Write Now Awards Groundbreaker honoree, 2015

Listed among the ‘100 Most Influential People’ by Time Magazine, 2015

Listed among the ‘100 Dynamic Women’ by AriseMagazine, 2015

Included in Vanity Fair‘s International Best Dressed List, 2016

Silverbird Special Achievement Award (joint winner with Desmond Majekodunmi and Alistair Soyode), 2016

Barnard Medal of Distinction, New York, USA, 17 May 2016

Honorary doctorate, Johns Hopkins University, Baltimore, Maryland, USA, 18 May 2016

Winner of the ‘One Book, One New York Programme’, for Americanah, 2017

Included in Fortune Magazine’s List of 50 World Leaders, 2017

Winner of the ‘One Maryland, One Book’ Programme, for Purple Hibiscus, 2017

Nominated for the 2017 New African WomanAwards, Woman of the Year

Mary McCarthy Award, Bard College, USA, 2017

Winner of ‘Le Grand Prix de l’héroïne Madame Figaro’ 2017, for the French translation of Dear Ijeawele, or A Feminist Manifesto in Fifteen Suggestions (Chère Ijeawele, ou un manifeste pour une éducation féministe)

Harper’s Bazaar’s Women of the Year Award, 2017

Selected for ‘One Maryland, One Book’, for Purple Hibiscus, 2017

Elected as a Foreign Honorary Member into the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, 12 April 2017 (inducted 7 October 2017)

Honorary degree, Haverford College, Pennsylvania, USA, 13 May 2017

Honorary Degree of Doctor of Letters, University of Edinburgh, Scotland, 28 August 2017

Listed among the best books of 2017 by NPR Books and Audible, for Dear Ijeawele

Featured on PBS’s ‘The Great American Read’, for Americanah, 2018

Included in Barack Obama’s recommended summer reading list, for Americanah, 2018

Recipient of the Leadership Award during The Women’s Center’s 32nd Annual Leadership Conference, 2018

Global Hope Coalition’s Thought Leadership Award, 2018

Action Against Hunger Humanitarian Award, 2018

Barnes & Noble Writers for Writers Award, 2018

PEN Pinter Prize, 2018

Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree, Duke University, North Carolina, USA, 13 May 2018

Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree, Amherst College, Massachusetts, USA, 20 May 2018

Honorary Doctor of Letters Degree, Bowdoin College, Maine, USA, 26 May 2018

Honorary Doctor of Literature (DLit) degree, School of Oriental and African Studies (SOAS), University of London, UK, 27 July 2018

Honorary Degree, American University in Washington DC, USA, 11 May 2019

Honorary Doctor of Humane Letters Degree, Georgetown University, Washington DC, USA, May 2019

Honorary Doctorate of Fine Arts degree, Rhode Island School of Design, USA, 1 June 2019

Doctor of Letters, Honoris Causa, Yale University, USA, 10 June 2019

Honorary Degree, Northwestern University, USA, 21 June 2019

Everett M. Rogers Award, 2019

UN Foundation Global Leadership Award, 2019

Belle van Zuylenring Award, 2020

Woman of the Decade’ Editor’s Choice by “This Day Newspaper”, 2020

 

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