Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie Biography, Age, Books and Net Worth

Chimamanda Adichie Biography

Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie is a Nigerian writer, storyteller and novelist. She gained popularity after she published her novels Half of a Yellow Sun and Purple Hibiscus. Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie was born on September 15, 1977 in Enugu, Nigeria to Grace Ifeoma Adichie (mother) and James Nwoye Adichie (father).

Chimamanda Adichie Profile


Chimamanda Adichie

Real Name

Chimamanda  Ngozi Adichie

Date of Birth

September 15, 1977


43 Years (2020)

State of Origin

Anambra State



United States







Known for

Half of a Yellow Sun

Purple Hibiscus


Ivara Esege

Net Worth

$5 million

Educational Background

Chimamanda Adichie Education

Chimamanda Adichie attended University of Nigeria Secondary School, Nsukka. After her secondary education, she gained admission to study Medicine and Pharmacy at the University of Nigeria.

After a year and half at the university of Nigeria, Chimamanda Adichie left Nigeria for the United States to study communications and political science at Drexel University in Philadelphia.

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She later transferred to Eastern Connecticut State University to be near her sister Uche.

In 2001, Chimamanda Adichie obtained a bachelor’s degree from Eastern Connecticut State University, with the distinction of summa cum laude.

She obtained a Masters Degree in Creative Writing and African studies from Johns Hopkins University and Yale University in 2003 and 2008 respectively.

Chimamanda Adichie was a Hodder fellow at Princeton University. She was awarded the MacArthur Fellowship and a fellow of the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study, Harvard University.

Adichie was conferred an honorary degree – Doctor of Humane letters, honoris causa, by Johns Hopkins University in 2016 and honorary degrees – Doctor of Humane letters, honoris causa, by Haverford College and University of Edinburgh in 2017.

In 2018, she received an honorary degree, Doctor of Humane Letters, from Amherst College. She received an honorary degree, doctor honoris causa, from the Université de Fribourg, Switzerland, in 2019.

Career and Books

Chimamanda Adichie Career and Books

Chimamanda Adichie started writing at a young age. While in the university, she was an editor for The Compass, a magazine run by the university’s Catholic medical students.

In 1998, Chimamanda Adichie published her play ‘For Love of Biafra’. It was one of her earliest works in which she explored the war in the late 1960s between Nigeria and its secessionist Biafra republic.

In 2003, she started writing her first novel Purple Hibiscus. Purple Hibiscus garnered the Commonwealth Writers’ Prize in 2005 for Best First Book (Africa) and that year’s Commonwealth Writers’ Prize for Best First Book (overall).

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She wrote several short stories about the Biafran War.

Chimamanda Adichie published Half of a Yellow Sun in 2006. The novel was centered on the experience of her parents during the Biafran civil war.

The movie for Half of a Yellow Sun was produced in 2013 by The movie featured popular Nollywood stars like

Purple Hibiscus and Half of a Yellow Sun were amongst the notable works of Chimamanda Adichie.

In 2013, she published Americanah, a novel centered on the romantic and existential struggles of a young Nigerian woman studying (and blogging about race) in the United States.

Other works by Chimamanda Adichie are

  • All Be Feminists (2014)
  • Dear Ijeawele (2017)
  • Notes on Grief (2021) and many others

She was described in The Times Literary Supplement as “the most prominent” of a “procession of critically acclaimed young anglophone authors.

Chimamanda Adichie divides her time between the United States, and Nigeria, where she teaches writing workshops.

Instagram Handle

Chimamanda Adichie Instagram handle is @chimamanda_adichie

Personal life

Chimamanda Adichie Husband

Chimamanda Adichie got married to her husband Ivara Esege, a Nigerian and British-American medical doctor based in the United States of America in 2009. Their union is blessed with a daughter. She is from Abba in Anambra State.

Chimamanda Adichie Net Worth

Chimamanda Adichie Net Worth

Chimamanda Adichie is one of the most successful writers in Nigeria. According to Austin Media, Chimamanda Adichie’s net worth is estimated to be $5 million.

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