Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie

A 27 year-old US-based author of ‘Purple Hibiscus’, her debut novel which was shortlisted for the 2004 Orange prize, won the 2005 Commonwealth Writers’ Prize Best First Book.

As a girl in Nigeria, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie wrote story after story about the sort of people she read about in books: “white people with blue eyes who ate apples and had winter.” Only as a teenager, after reading Chinua Achebe’s novel “Things Fall Apart” and realizing her people’s own stories were worth telling, did she begin describing the world she knew. Yet when she graduated first in her high school class, she abandoned writing to enroll in pre-med. Doctors could always find work, and in her troubled homeland, Sunday churchgoers pray not only for peace and love, but also for U.S. visas.

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