It’s the first day of February and as promised, we at For The Scribes for Black History Month are bringing you black writers and creators each day to enhance your knowledge, moisturize your creative follicles and inspire you to be great. Our first notable scribe and storyteller of current black history is flawless Nigerian writer, Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.
Known for her works in African literature, feminism, and intersectionality, this Yale and Johns Hopkins alum is the fifth of six children of an Igbo, born September 15, 1977. A celebrated novelist, nonfiction and short story writer having been featured in countless magazines and international literary circuits, Adichie is responsible for the critically-acclaimed Purple Hibiscus, her first novel published in 2003 that got her shortlisted for the Baileys Women’s Prize for Fiction in 2004 (formerly known as the Orange Prize for Fiction). Also accredited to her is Americanah, released in 2013, and her 2006 Nigerian Civil War novel, Half of a Yellow Sun, which has since adapted into a Nigerian film of the same name starring the likes of 12 Years A Slave’s Chiwetel Ejiofor, Thandie Newton, Anika Noni Rose, and newcomer John Bodega. An innovator and grand orator on the nuance of gender and blackness, below we selected a few of pieces, speeches and lectures, including her notable “We Should All Be Feminists” TEDx Talk, famously sampled by Beyoncé in her iconic 2013 feminist anthem “***Flawless,” which earned Adichie a Grammy nomination.
FTS Picks & Selected Works:
- Americanah, 2013
- The Thing Around Your Neck, 2009
- Half of a Yellow Sun, 2006
- Purple Hibiscus, 2003
- “The Dangers of a Single Story,” TEDx Talks, 2009
- “We Should All Be Feminists,” TEDxEuston, 2013
- Wellsey College Commencement Address, 2015
- ***Flawless, Beyoncé (Feat. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie), 2013
A class act and amazing talent, more information and works from the lovely Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie can be found at www.chimamanda.com. Be sure to check back daily for more Daily Scribes as FTS celebrates Black History Month 2016!